Building capacities in the Arab region on "Valuing Water"
Following the launch of World Water Development Report WWDR 2021 Arabic in Cairo Water Week 2021 the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme WWAP and UNESCO Doha Office with the financial support of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud Foundation and in cooperation with the Water Sciences and Technology Association WSTA Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture MEWA and the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC SG are organizing an online training on the theme of the Report 2021 Valuing Water The training in Arabic will target countries that are in the UNESCO Doha Office cluster Contents of the training will be presented through four online sessions that will take place on 151621 and 22 February See the programme This training will be the fourth following the suit of the ones that took place in 2018 Cairo Egypt 2019 Beirut Lebanon and 2021 online Close to 200 water professionals directly benefitted from these capacity development activities
The 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly
The Assistant DirectorGeneral for UNESCO Natural Sciences Shamila NairBedouelle will address the UN members states and other participants in the 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly taking place on 11 February 2022 in virtual format from UN Headquarters in New York The event organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust RASIT aims to recognize the role of women and girls in science not only as beneficiaries but also as agents of change including in view of accelerating progress towards the achievement of SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation The 7th Assembly on the theme Equity Diversity and Inclusion Water Unites Us will bring together women in science highlevel government officials representatives of international organizations and the private sector to discuss the water nexus in achieving sustainable development It will showcase best practices strategies applied solutions and experiences in addressing the SDG6 challenges and opportunities through the Cansu Global Media Room On this occasion the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO will also take the floor presenting the work in water and gender with particular focus on the Call for Action to Accelerate Gender Equality in the Water Domain which can be considered a wakeup call for eliminating gender inequalities from the maledominated water sector in which women continues to be critically underrepresented Urgent action in this field will be key to the achievement of a watersecure world Several members of the Call for Action Multistakeholder Coalition will be speaking in different panels and conversation thereby highlighting the need to gendertransformative action and the relevance of the Call for Action Initiative to reaching this objective In Panel 1 Conversation 1 Women in Science for Water and Society Bridging Voices to Action Ms Silvia Rafaelli Senior Researcher Director of Centro Regional Litoral of the Argentina National Institute of Water will speak on her work and vision to achieve water security for all In Panel 1 Conversation 2 Reviving Peace through sciencebased water diplomacy Ms Mary Khimulu Chairperson of Kenya Water Sector Trust Fund Board of Directors will make an intervention regarding mediation in water disputes preventive diplomacy and transboundary water resources management In Panel 2 Conversation 2 Financing Innovative Scienceand Green Technologybased Water Solutions and Programs will see the participation of Ms Neeta Pokhrel Chief of Water Sector Group Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of the Asian Development Bank She will discuss how to strike the balance between financing innovation and traditional knowledge in water projects and programmes See the agenda
UNESCO: The business model of the news media is broken; our fundamental right to information at risk
A New UNESCO report examining global trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development from 20162021 highlights the existential threat social media now poses to the very survival of the professional news media In the last five years both news audiences and advertising revenues have migrated in vast numbers to internet platforms
International Programme for the Development of Communication
IPDCs purpose is to strengthen media development and media pluralism worldwide