Celebration International World Water Day: High Level Meeting on Water Cooperation and on the Global Thematic Consultation on Water

Friday 22 March 2013 – World Forum, Churchillplein 10, The Hague, Netherlands


08:30 – 09:30 Registration of participants

Moderation all day by Ms Kitty van der Heijden and Mr Paul Hohnen

09:30 – 10:20 Opening Session

  • Mr Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of the city of The Hague, the Netherlands. Welcome words and opening
  • Video message of Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the importance of water cooperation
  • Mr Didier Burkhalter, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland on water in the post-2015 development agenda
  • Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General World Meteorological Organization and Chair of UN-Water, on the process and results of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water
  • Award ceremony “Water for Life” UN-Water Best Practices Award. The names of the winners will be announced by Mr Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water and Mr De Lario (Spanish Amabassador at Large for Environment)
  • Ms Kitty van der Heijden, Netherlands Ambassador for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands reporting the outcomes of the Multi-Stake Holder Dialogue on Water of 21 March
  • HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan, introduction to the four thematic break-out sessions on water cooperation

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break and moving to the break-out session rooms

11:15 – 12:30 Thematic break-out sessions on water cooperation
1. Water Cooperation is key to poverty eradication, social equity and gender equality
2. Water Cooperation creates economic benefits
3. Water Cooperation helps preserve water resources and protect the environment
4. Water Cooperation builds peace

12:30 -13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 16:30 Afternoon session

  • Mr Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of the Stockholm International Water Institute presenting the annual Stockholm Water Price
  • Ms van der Heijden and Mr Hohnen closure and wrap up of the thematic sessions on water cooperation held before lunch and link up with the ‘Wake up call on Water’ of the Multi Stakeholder Dialogue the day before and the outcomes of the UN thematic consultation process of the last few months
  • Premiere of new short film “Water-Footprint”
  • HRH the Prince of Orange, Chair of United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) on his views on water and the way forward

High Level Forum consisting of:

  • Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO (co-chair of the HLF)
  • Mr Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water (co-cahir of the HLF)
  • HRH The Prince of Orange, Chair UNSGAB
  • HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan (co-host of the Global Thematic Consultations on Water)
  • Ms Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, chairwoman of the High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Mr Francisco Pereira, Vice Minister of Public Works of Mozambique
  • Mr Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and member of the High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Ms Betty Maina, CEO of Kenyan Association of Manufacturers and member of the High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda

Moderation by Mr Bai-Mass Taal, Executive Secretary of AMCOW and Mr András Szöllösi-Nagy Rector of UNESCO-IHE

Interactive live videolink between the High Level Forum in the Hague and the High-Level Interactive Dialogue on Water Cooperation in New York (with i.a. UNSG Ban Ki-moon and the President of the UN General Assemblee)

Ms Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Netherlands. Wrap up of the International Celebration of World Water Day, challenges and perspectives on water in the international arena. In coordination with Ms Enikő Győri, Minister of State for EU Affairs of Hungary with a look ahead to the 2013 Budapest Water Summit

Launch of “Walking for Water International” by Mr Sjef Ernes of the Netherlands non-governmental organisation Aqua for All

Children escorting participants out of the conference hall on ‘their walk for water’



ANNEX 1 Cultural Performances on World Water Day the Hague

Ran Ortner
Painter, USA
Element No.5 is an oil-on0canvas painting, 2m by 4,5m, that will be displayed in the World Forum’s lobby. When asked about his painting and the part it plays in our celebration of World Water Day, Ran said: “One of the roles of art is to awaken connections. Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love”. Through my work, I hope to touch deeply, connect profoundly, and awaken our rich inner capacity to confront the challenges we face in protecting and sharing this utterly precious resource: our world’s water.”

Artist Collective, The Netherlands
Waterlanders is a famous Dutch artist collective, specialised in creating art and theatre on location. They have performed shows for many internationally renowned festivals and performed at places like a factory, a forest, a beach and a church. For the World Water Forum they made a performance about the perpetual and layered relation between man and water.

Audio installation “World Water Joy”, Slovenia
The joy of playing children in water is a most memorable, enchanting and elementary sound for those with plenty, and most desirable for those without. The surround, ambient acoustic atmosphere will reach all passing and shall remind us of global priority issues – care for water and care for children. This site-specific audio-installation with surround sound was especially created by the artist for the World Water Day 2013 celebrations.

Antonin Fourneau / Digitalarti Artlab
Water Graffiti, France
The Water Light Graffiti is a material creation composed of several thousands of LED lights, illuminated by the contact of water. By touching the edges of a LED, the water creates an electrical bridge and make the current pass through the circuit, which provides power to the LED below the surface. The quantity of water that you deposit around the LED increases the brightness: the damper, the brighter. Based on this simple and clever idea, the aim of Water Light Graffiti is to propose a new smart material to draw or write ephemeral light messages. This project makes it possible to perform graffiti with just a water atomizer. Water Light Graffiti supports ephemeral and more eco-friendly tags or sketches. Using water, which has no form and no colour, to draw light is magical for the audience. This is a proposal for a new form of interaction with urban architecture, by offering multiple possibilities. By combining nature and technology, users can play and experiment with factors such as the climate or the evaporation speed. The Water Light Graffiti also has the advantage of brightening rainy days, by creating fireworks of wet LED.

Water footprint film
Robert Oey, The Netherlands
In “WWD2013” we see an archetypical western family. In the dining room the family enjoys a meal together. Suddenly, the daughter’s mobile phone shoots off the table, it is wrapped up again, put in a box, and returned to the parts of the world where it was created. The reversed process of manufacturing a smartphone is shown and the amount of water that is necessary to facilitate this process, is illustrated. By taking away several of the products they surround themselves with, the family is confronted by their own water footprint. Director Robert Oey: ‘Unlike our carbon footprint, most of us are still quite unaware of our water footprint. At least I was. The country I live in, has water in abundance. Yet, now that I have been made aware of my indirect usage of water, I understand better what a priceless commodity water actually is.”

Todoroki Wadaiko
Japanese Drums, Germany
The Taiko (Japanese for ‘thick drum’) is well known for its majestic deep sound, which fills big halls and touches the heart of the audience. Todoroki Wadaiko is a group of passionate drummers from Würzburg, Germany. The group was founded in 2008 by Michael Röthlein, and has now grown to nearly 20 members including founding members like Reinhard Seitz. Several times a year, the group receives workshops from Tanaka Noboru Sensei, an experienced Japanese Taiko teacher from Tokyo.
Rhythm, movement and concentration – Taiko improves physical and mental power and tries to transfer this power to the audience. A natural power like storm, thunder and… water.



ANNEX 2 Other side events on and around World Water Day in The Hague

Water Cooperation Market
This years UN-World Water Day’s theme is “water cooperation”. During the event on March 22nd at the World Forum, a “water cooperation market” will show promising, innovative and unusual new forms of partnerships and water cooperation arrangements. A distinctive few partnerships will present and inspire the event-guests about their approach, emphasizing the most critical factors for successful water cooperation. Visitors and media are invited to take notice.

WASH Street
Organized by Dutch WASH Alliance and partner Aqua for All
To welcome the guests of UN World Water Day, the Dutch WASH Alliance presents the WASH Street. This is a remake of a typical street in a developing country. On a 13-meter long banner wall, different scenes that have to do with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene are uniquely displayed. The eye-catcher of the WASH Street is the open sewer that runs along the different scenes. With the WASH Street, the Dutch WASH Alliance wants to highlight sustainable solutions for WASH challenges.

Preparatory Youth Program 16 – 20 March 2013
In order to strengthen participation of young people at the current events, a selected group of young water advocates from all around the world have gathered in The Netherlands for a Preparatory Youth Program. The participants have exchanged views and experiences and prepared for a productive contribution to this Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue and to World Water Day 2013.

This program aims to go beyond the understanding and awareness of water issues and global interdependency, and towards a vision and guideline for inclusive, intersectoral, and intergenerational water cooperation, on global, national, and local scale. These very diverse young people are united by their commitment to international water cooperation. As we are all: united by water.

Video interview spot
This month, the first WaterCouch lands at the 2013 World Water Day celebrations in the Netherlands. This is the latest concept from Akvo and IRC, the team behind the popular Stockholm World Water Cube, which has brought more than 500 online interviews with people working to solve the world’s water and sanitation problems.

WaterCouch is a video interview spot that is open to all. It is designed to bring the people and issues at stake to life – over the World Wide Web – sharing insights and engaging a new, more connected generation. The dynamic, independent team of video reporters uses simple video cameras or mobile phones to profile the people attending. Each rapid-fire interview is edited and shared online right away, and is easy to feature on any website.

The WaterCouch is a joint venture between Akvo, IRC and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Watch content throughout the event at www.watercouch.tv

Walking for Water
Walking for Water is an awareness and fundraising initiative. School children aged 10-15 are sponsored by friends and family to walk 6 kilometres while carrying 6 litres of water in a backpack. Children learn about global water issues, while raising funds to help solve them.
The concept of Walking for Water was pioneered in the Netherlands by NGO Aqua for All, and has grown in popularity every year since it started in 2003.

On 22 March, people will Walk for Water in The Netherlands and in many countries around the world. Representatives of the Walking for Water Campaign will also be present during the celebrations of World Water Day in The Hague to present the initiative and the success story in The Netherlands over the last 10 years.

The younger generation needs to understand what goes on in the world in relation to one of life’s essentials – water. However, understanding the issues is actually only half of the equation. Kids also need to discover that they have the power to do something about it, to create change. Within the Walking for Water initiative, equal importance is placed on raising awareness about the issues and on empowering kids to help their peers get access to safe drinking water.