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Overview of the Conference


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Overview of the Conference. Josefina Maestu, Director of UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). International Annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2012/2013. Preparing for the 2013 International Year. Water Cooperation: Making it Happen! 8-10 January 2013

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Overview of the Conference

  1. 1. Introduction and overview of the Conference Josefina Maestu
  2. 2. The Context• Climate Change• Population Growth• Food needs• EnergyGREATER NEEDS FOR COOPERATION
  3. 3. There Are Many Benefits!• For equity and poverty reduction• For development-economic benefits• For the environment• For PeaceWe will hear about this in the side event of lunch time of today
  4. 4. In Zaragoza• We have decided to go a step further and deal with the "how" question.• This is: what are the tools for cooperation (legal, institutional, financial, information and knowledge sharing, benefit sharing, and dispute resolution mechanism)? and how they are implemented in practice?
  5. 5. Tools For Cooperation Are Critical Because • There are many countries, groups and• Water is Complex organizations with responsibilities, making it difficult for a single organization to be effective on its own.• The water sector “is • Water Problems do not originate solely in the not an island” sector‟s institutions (policies, laws, traditions, organization) and nor can they be solved by water institutions alone. • Water management is always tied to land• There are Links management and influenced by urban planning. between Water and Biodiversity underpins water security Land and biodiversity
  6. 6. What Tools to Further Cooperation?• Legal frameworks and institutional arrangements• Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms• Information sharing and joint assessments• Financing water cooperation
  7. 7. We have considerable advances in the global legal and institutional framework for cooperation• The Water Conventions• Creation of Transboundary CommissionsWe will hear about this in the next presentation
  8. 8. The Focus of the Conference• We will be drawing lessons specifically from specific experiences on the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.• The conference will highlight the importance of mediation, water diplomacy, negotiation at transnational but also at national and local level.
  9. 9. Themes and focus areasThemes:• Mediation• Participatory approaches• Water diplomacyFocus areas:• Transboundary cooperation• River basin cooperation among stakeholders• Rural areas (irrigation associations and community initiatives)• Cities (business, water operators, local actors)
  10. 10. Why are we here?• Insuring cooperation requires that we have to learn to do a lot better in negotiation and dispute resolution and to learn a lot faster than we have in the past.• Across the world, we can share with each other a number of common approaches that can help.• Inspiring participants to do „better‟ highlighting some of the crucial ingredients for success in negotation and dipute resolution.• Identify the general and locally specific difficulties, challenges, barriers and failures that we cannot ignore and can learn from.
  11. 11. A cooperative effortThe conference is hosted by the Ebro River Basin Authority(CHE), and organized by the UN-Water Decade Programme onAdvocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) in collaborationwith:• UNESCO‟s International Hydrological Programme (IHP)• United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNEC• Global Compact CEO Water Mandate• Global Water Operators‟ Partnership Alliance (GWOPA)/UN- Habitat• International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)• International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC)• E)• United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)• World Bank
  12. 12. COOPERATION EXPERIENCES Europe: Sava, Basin, Tizsa, Basin Spain/Portugal, Russia/Finland, Decentralised countries in Europe, Asia: Jordan, india, MyanmarLatin America: Bolivia, Peru, Africa: Etiopia, Kenia, Madagascar, Morroco,Guatemala South Africa, Senegal Basin
  13. 13. ParticipantsOver 120 participants will attend the Conference among which:• Key experts in water cooperation• Representatives from government authorities• Representatives from cases• UN-Water partner organizations
  14. 14. OutputsThe Conference contributes to the IYWC and WWD 2013 by producing:• Documented cases on the practical implementation of tools and approaches• A synthesis on lessons learnt on approaches for dispute resolution (ADR) and on improving water cooperation• Proceedings of the conference capturing the main debates and discussions, include shared lessons• Prepare information briefs and visual materials to be used during the international year• Feedback on the main messages for World Water Day 2013.
  15. 15. Programme day 1Water cooperation: nations and stakeholders. Making it happen!• Opening and welcome• Session 1: Furthering water cooperation between nations and between stakeholders: making it happen!• Lunch time side event: World Water Day 2013 “Cooperation: the fundament of global water goals”• Workshop Water GameSide events:• World Water Week 2013 (SIWI)• The UN Global Compact: CEO Water Mandate and the Water Action Hub20:30 Official Welcome at the Aljafería – Parliament of Aragon
  16. 16. Programme day 2Water cooperation in rural areas and cities. Making it happen!• Session 2: Furthering water cooperation in rural areas: making it happen!• Session 3: Techniques and models to further water cooperation to improve water efficiency and water services in cities• Wrap up and take away lessonsSide events:Intensively developed aquifers (Botín Foundation Water Observatory)Informal meeting on the Post-2012 and ODS process (UNICEF, UN-Water)
  17. 17. Programme day 3Water cooperation in Spain- Side Event• Overview• Strengths and weaknesses according to different actors• Other cooperation formulasField Visits:Zaragoza water ClusterIrrigation Cooperative of Riegos del Alto Aragon.
  18. 18. The conference design• An open event (through webcast and Twitter);• An interactive event (though the design in interview style plenary and facilitated game and working group sessions);• An all inclusive event (so that all of us will be given the opportunity to have their say in plenary and in small and very small groups);• Inspiring (through the examples provided by the actors in cooperation)• And specially as a learning space about how to make cooperation happen (by being given an opportunity of reflecting on our own experience and enough time for enquiring on the how to improve cooperation)• A practical event with a focus on “take home” lessons on what would work for us.
  19. 19. Engaging all in the conferenceALL in Small (and very Sharing and reflectingsmall) Group work on what helped inand the Water Game successful experiencesFacilitators/Chairs/ To help Focus onInterviewers results, Key Points & AnimationPresenters and Providing insights andpanelists/ examples for all toInterviewees discuss and reflect on
  20. 20. EARLY MORNINGS To highlight to key Recap ideasSide events To provide a platform to share other(5) experiences in greater depthField Visits To show “cooperation in action” in the city(5) and in rural areas
  21. 21. A Communicating ConferenceCommunications at the Conference:• Daily newsletter• Webcast (via Conference website) and video of the Conference• Twitter (#IYWC)• Interviews• Video Interviews• Press conferences and press notes• Press articlesOn the Conference website you can find: - Information briefs - Overview papers - Cases papers and summaries -
  22. 22. What‟s Next?Milestone events on water cooperation in 2013:• 11th of February: Kick-off Meeting of the International Year - UNESCO HQ Paris, France• 22 March: World Water Day - The Hague, The Netherlands• 22 March: High-level dialogue at UN General Assembly - New York• August: High-level international conference - Dushanbe, Tajikistan• September: World Water Week „Water Cooperation – Building Partnerships‟ - Stockholm, Sweden• 9 -11 October: Budapest Water Summit - Hungary
  23. 23. We would like to ask you…• To contribute to the IYWC by reviewing the lessons learnt overview and information briefs and send us your comments
  24. 24. Most important: we hope this conference will have an IMPACT foryour work and basin, with “take home”practical ways of improving cooperation