The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization and Chair of UN-Water highlighted major recent initiatives carried out by UN-Water. A priority activity was the preparation of a technical paper on a potential future global goal on water. Entitled “A post-2015 global goal for water: synthesis of key findings and recommendations from UN-Water”, recommendations from United Nations system organizations to Member States on specific aspects of a water goal were presented in the paper. Five interlinked targets were proposed, which captured the fundamental importance of water for both humans and the environment. The proposed goal built on existing intergovernmental commitments, including the Millennium Development Goals and the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, and served as an input in support of the work of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.
The Chair also observed that the campaign for World Water Day 2014 on “Water and energy” was a notable success. The campaign, coordinated by the Unite d Nations University and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization on behalf of UN-Water in close collaboration with UN-Energy, reached more than 700 million people through social media. On World Water Day, UN-Water also published, through UNESCO, the World Water Development Report 2014 entitled Water and Energy. He further informed the meeting that the campaign in 2015 will focus on the topic of “Water and sustainable development”, coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme. The theme for the campaign in 2016 will be “Water and jobs”, coordinated by the International Labour Organization.
Mentioned that the Group was organizing the celebration of World Toilet Day on 19 November 2014 as a milestone in support of the Deputy Secretary-General’s campaign to end open defecation.
Thanked the Chair of UN -Water for the briefing and for his leadership of the organization.