A Strategic and High-Level Meeting on Water Security and Cooperation will be held within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013. The meeting, which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 11-13 September 2013 is organized by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), with the kind support of the Government of Kenya and of other sponsors.
The Strategic and High-Level Meeting on Water Security and Cooperation is a three-day event with three segments:
(1) The first segment consists of high-level panels on Water Cooperation and Security in Africa. It will focus on the state of cooperation on freshwater in the Africa region/continent, highlighting existing modalities of cooperation, opportunities and barriers, as well as its linkages with water security. It will also provide an opportunity to further discuss current views regarding the water components of the post-2015 agenda. This segment is open to the public.
(2) The second segment will coincide with the meeting of the working group, which was established by the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme at its 20th session, with the aims of identifying a suitable implementation strategy based on Member States’ inputs and catalyzing the participation of Member States in the development of the implementation plan for IHP-VIII on Water Security. It will provide a basis for intergovernmental cooperation within the framework of IHP for the next eight years (2014-2021), and its contribution to the post-2015 development agenda, with an emphasis on its freshwater components. Members of the IHP Bureau have each provided the names of three experts from their respective regions to the Secretariat as initial members of the working group.
(3) The third segment aims at reinforcing cooperation among the UNESCO Water Family, comprising water-related category 2 centres, water-related UNESCO Chairs, the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. It will follow up on the new strategy for UNESCO centres and catalyze collaboration within the UNESCO Water Family.