Information session on the proposed New Global Water Architecture of the United Nations: positioning the International Hydrological Programme
The final report of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) of November 2015 proposes, inter alia, the establishment of a UN Intergovernmental Committee on Water and Sanitation and of a UN Scientific and Practice Panel on Water and Sanitation. Based on UNSGAB’s proposal, several countries have promoted “An initiative for a UN Intergovernmental Body on Water” and are advocating the creation of such a body.
UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), one of the two Intergovernmental Programmes focusing on water in the United Nations family, was established 42 years ago and has evolved into an encompassing, holistic programme to facilitate training and capacity building, and enhance water resources management and governance. IHP is currently revising its Statutes and its Rules of Procedure, to ensure that it remains able to respond to Member States’ requests.
The purpose of this meeting, which will be chaired by Ms Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, is to inform Member States on the discussions on a New Global Water Architecture of the United Nations and define UNESCO’s possible role in it via its IHP.