Launch of the World Water Development Report 2014: “Water and Energy”

21 Mar 2014

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The World Water Development Report, “Water and Energy,” was launched today at UNDP in Beijing to mark World Water Day.  The report was prepared by UN-Water, a unique collaboration within the UN focusing on freshwater resources, sanitation and water-related disasters, and contains insights on how to approach freshwater issues.

The launch event featured presentations by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UNESCO, UNDP and Greenpeace detailing work being done in the field of freshwater development. The importance of the report was underlined by Edward Clarence-Smith, Chair of the UN Theme Group on Climate Change and Environment and head of UNIDO, who stated that “water and energy are both at the heart of sustainable development and need to be recognised as such”.

UNDP Program Manager Zhang Weidong also spoke at the event, detailing a number of UNDP projects which work to provide innovative solutions to water-related challenges. In particular, a water management project which provides drip irrigation for sugarcane farmers in Guangxi was highlighted. Today there are 0.76 billion people worldwide without access to improved water and the 2.5 billion without access to improved sanitation, and Mr. Zhang challenged those present to work together to “achieve the future we want with clean water”.