Conference "Cities & Water"

When, local time: 
Friday, 16 December 2016 -
1:15pm to 2:15pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Special Event

The Permanent Delegation of Slovakia to UNESCO has the pleasure to invite you to a conference on the occasion of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU:

“CITIES & WATER” - Room IV

Organized as side-event to the Intersessional Meeting of the Executive Board Members by the Slovak Republic and the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO.

Sustainable water management in the cities and human settlements is a challenge faced by all regions in regard to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The aim of this event is to enhance collaboration and dialogue between all actors, in view of contributing to an efficient implementation of the SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation for all.
UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme has long been focusing on urban water activities, alongside with partner institutions and Member States. The Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union has set WATER as one of its priorities and, in this framework, the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic and the City of Bratislava organized a conference on Cities and Water, under the patronage of the European Commission and UNESCO. The conference shed a light on how the European cities tackle the different challenges of urban water management. The aim of this event is to present the outcomes to all UNESCO Member States.

This event is an opportunity to share best practices in order to contribute to the strengthening of the collaboration between the European Union countries and UNESCO in the domain of water and development, with a special focus on Africa - UNESCO’s priority region.

“Cities and Water” is a high level side-event hosted by ADG for Natural Sciences Ms. Schlegel and ADG for the Department of Africa Mr. Matoko, with a view of summing up the activities of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU and setting the ground for future collaboration and new partnerships.

The event will be accompanied by an exhibition of children’s paintings entitled:
“Water - natural heritage of Slovakia”.

Programme :
Opening remarks:
H.E. Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO
Moderator:
H.E. Ms. Klára Novotná, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Slovak Republic to UNESCO

Water: a common priority for UNESCO and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union
(13:20 – 13:50)
Water Security & Urban Water Resources Management
Ms. Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director General, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO

Water Agenda in the framework of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU
Mr. Norbert Kurilla, Vice-Minister of Environment of the Slovak Republic and Vice-Chair of the OECD Task Force on Green Action Programme

Cities and Water – outcomes of the Conference on Cities and Water in Bratislava
Ms. Ingrid Konrad, Chief Architect of the City of Bratislava

Water and Development: special focus on Africa
(13:50- 14:15)
Africa’s view on water resources management
M. Firmin Matoko, Assistant Director General, Africa Department, UNESCO

Partnerships for the achievement of SDG 6
M. Michal Mlynár Director-General of the Division of international organizations, development and humanitarian aid, Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs, Slovak Republic

Questions & Answers
All participants
Summary of the discussions and an opening for future collaboration
Ms. Klara Novotna, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Slovak Republic to UNESCO