Value of Water in the Era of the SDGs

  • DATE / TIME:
    2021/03/22    21:00 - 22:45

    Organisers: UNU-IAS, UNU-FLORES

    In line with the World Water Day 2021 theme ‘Valuing Water‘, the webinar includes expert discussions on the different roles and values of water and how these can be synthesised to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation.


    21:00 Opening & AnnouncementsEmi Yoshinaga (Programme Coordinator, UNU-IAS)

    21:05 Welcoming remarksShinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS)

    21:10 Keynote speech ‘Water Availability, Value of Water, and SDG’Taikan Oki (Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University)

    21:30 Presentation: ‘Value of Water for the Economy’Geetha Mohan (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)

    21:45 Presentation: ‘Water Environment and Value of Water’Saroj Chapagain (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)

    22:00 Panel discussion / Q&A: ‘How do we find synergies between different value of water to achieve SDG6?’

    22:30 UN World Water Development Report 2021 on ‘Valuing Water’Giulia Roder (Research Consultant, UNU-IAS)

    22:40 Closing remarks – Kensuke Fukushi (Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS)

    Dr Serena Caucci takes part in the panel discussion / Q&A: ‘How Do We Find Synergies between Different Values of Water to Achieve SDG6?’

    In the context of its economic worth, Dr Caucci highlights the significance of valuing and promoting the reuse of water as an underexplored resource. The discussion will focus on the role of water reuse in the transition towards a circular economy and its part in closing the water management gap.


    World Water Day (WWD) is an annual United Nations observance focusing on the importance of freshwater, coordinated by UN-Water and led by one or more UN-Water Members and Partners with a related mandate. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. World Water Day’s core focus is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. In 2021, the annual theme, set by UN-Water, is valuing water.

    The World Water Development Report is released each year on or near World Water Day to provide decision-makers with tools to formulate and implement sustainable water policies.

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