<P>3. What are the objectives of the year? Water cooperation in the Arab and Western Asian Regions A rab countries are cooperating on the management of shared water resources through various inter- governmental fora. These include the Arab Ministerial Water Council, which adopted the Arab Strategy for Water Security in the Arab Region to meet the challenges and the future needs of sustainable development (2010-2030), highlighting the importance of regional cooperation among Arab States for the management of shared water resources, the protection of Arab water rights, and the improvement of access to water supply and sanitation services. Regional cooperation at the basin level is also being pursued to improve the management of shared surface and groundwater resources by adopting a common vision and the establishment of an inventory of shared surface and groundwater resources in the Western Asia sub- region, which is being prepared by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA). The UNECE Water Convention - a unique legal framework for transboundary cooperation - is going global T he UNECE - United Nations Economic Commission for Europes Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) facilitates water cooperation to protect and ensure the quantity, quality and sustainable use of transboundary water resources. Since 1992, the Convention has provided a legal and institutional framework, and a programme of work involving knowledge exchange, capacity building, projects on the ground, policy advice, soft-law instruments and regular assessments. In 2013 the Convention is expected to ‘go global contributing to the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Protocol on Water and Health jointly serviced by UNECE and the World Health Organization aims to protect human health and well-being through the sustainable management of water resources and the provision of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. The International Year and the World Water Day 2013 aim to encourage and nurture water cooperation to: Raise awareness on the importance, bene?ts and challenges of water cooperation; Enhance knowledge and develop capacity for water cooperation; Spark concrete and innovative action towards water cooperation; Foster partnerships, dialogue and cooperation around water as a top priority, during and beyond 2013; Strengthen international cooperation among institutions, users, social and economic sectors and others in order to reach a consensus on Sustainable Development Goals for the post-2015 era which will effectively address our future water needs. ©FAO/Vasily Maksimov 6</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication/1586/dvbajjahv/8/8/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publications/1586/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>

 

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