Highlights of the Public Lecture by Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook who is the Coordinator of the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)
and Director, Programme Office on Global Water Assessment. This was held at the Virtual Hall- Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe Main Campus on the 20th of March 2017, Harare Zimbabwe.
The Public Lecture was entitled, ‘Connecting the Dots Through Water Management in Order to Achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ is a pre-event to the World Water Day celebrations to be held on 22nd March in Durban, South Africa.
The lecture was primarily focused on water management and how that can contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 6 on Water and Sanitation. The interlinkages of Water with the other SDGs will be illustrated while key messages for policy makers will also be discussed.
United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) Coordinator, Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook was the key speaker at the public lecture. Other notable speakers were the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change, Honourable Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri; the Vice Chancellor of University of Zimbabwe, Prof Levi Martin Nyagura and the Director and Representative of UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, Prof. Hubert Gijzen.
The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of UNESCO seeks to equip water managers, policy and decision makers with knowledge, tools and skills that promote sustainable management of water resources at local, national, regional and global scales. WWAP produces, on behalf of UN-Water, the annual World Water Development Report (WWDR). This key report is an annual review providing an authoritative picture of the state, use and management of the world’s freshwater resources. The 2017 WWDR entitled, “Wastewater: the untapped resource”, focuses on the critical role of wastewater management for vibrant economies, resilient societies and the maintenance of healthy environments. The WWAP of UNESCO is coordinating a UN-Water task force to produce the Synthesis Report on SDG 6 that will summarise the progress in achieving the SDG and provides key policy messages to assist Member States in achieving SDG 6 in the larger Agenda 2030 context.