Responding to the invitation of Member States, a High-Level Interactive Dialogue during the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly in New York on 22 March 2013 World Water Day, was held at the same time as the official celebrations in The Hague, to mark the 2013 International Year of Water cooperation and the twentieth anniversary of World Water Day (A/67/204).
GWP Sri Lanka Chair Ms. Kusum Athukorala participated as a panellist in a session on "Exploring Proposals, Strategies and Cooperative Solutions for the Period after 2015" at the event at which the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary General and several leaders from UN Member States gave statements.
The Interactive Dialogue addressed the four global key messages of the International Year of Water Cooperation (poverty reduction, economic benefits, environmental protection and peace building) as well as water security from a political perspective. In addition the session addressed the issues of extreme hydrological events and the challenges that emanate from them with a view to also exploring possible solutions.
In addition, taking place in the context of current discussions on the Post-2015 development framework and the process of developing a set of SDGs, the main objective of the event was to identify and discuss water-related challenges and key areas which in the future will require stronger political support and international cooperation. Concrete strategies and practical solutions to overcome these challenges and discuss the potential role that all stakeholders including the UN-System could play in this context were explored. It also included in-depth discussions on pressing freshwater-related challenges and areas that require better cooperation at the international level, while the second will look at concrete proposals, strategies and cooperative solutions for the period after 2015.
A President’s summary from this event will inform ongoing discussions on the Post-2015 development framework and Open Working Group on SDGs, as well as forthcoming freshwater-related events such as the High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation to be hosted by the Republic of Tajikistan in August 2013, Stockholm World Water Week in September 2013 and the Budapest Water Summit hosted by Hungary in October 2013.
More about GWP activities during World Water Day 2013.