Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

11 February 2013

Ethiopia: Water Resources Year Launched

UNESCO will officially open the International Year of Cooperation in the field of Water Resources today (February 11th). The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said it is difficult to overestimate the importance of cooperation in managing water resources against a background of growing demand.

Nearly 150 countries share water resources with at least one neighbor.

The aim of the Year of Cooperation is to draw attention to the various possibilities for cooperation around sustainable economic development, climate change, food security and gender equality. Cooperation in the field of water resources will also be the theme of World Water Day, which will be marked on March 22nd. The central event of the Year of Cooperation will be the event - "UN - Water Resources" organized at The Hague, and there will also be the World Water Week (September 1st-6th) in Stockholm (Sweden), a Conference on Cooperation in the field of water resources in Tajikistan in September, and a Summit on Water Resources in Budapest (October 10th-11th).

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