The Programme

UN-WAAP presents

The World Water Development Report 2015
Water for a Sustainable World

May 21 – 22, 2015 – Venice

CALL D.M. N. 3390/2014


Thursday, 21st May 2015

Water for a sustainable world
Master of Ceremony: Giuseppe Mattiazzo, CEO Expo Venice Spa

16:00 – 16:50

Welcome and opening remarks
– H.E. Gianluca Galletti, Minister, Italian Ministry of Environment (tbc)
– Pier Paolo Baretta, Undersecretary, Italian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance
– Massimo Riccardo, Vice Direttore Generale per la Promozione del Sistema Paese (tbc)
– Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Vice Chair, UN-Water and Director, UNESCO Division of Water Sciences
– Véronique Dauge, Officer in Charge, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (BRESCE) in Venice
– Jan Dusik, Director, UNEP Regional Office for Europe

16:50 – 17:05

Keynote Speech Roadmap to sustainable development through water resources management and the implementation of the SDGs
Hans D’Orville, Senior Adviser to UNESCO Director General

17:05 – 17:30

Presentation of the World Water Development Report 2015 “Water for a Sustainable World”
Michela Miletto, Coordinator a.i., WWAP UNESCO

17:30 – 18:10

High Level Panel “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”
Chair and Keynote Speaker: Jan Dusik, Director, UNEP Regional Office for Europe
– Carlo Medaglia, Chief, Office of the Italian Minister of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea
– Sabina Ratti, Executive Director, Fondazione Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
– Analia Mendez, Expertise and Authority Director, Household Care, Unilever
– Francesco Tei, Head, Dep. of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, university of Perugia

This is a contributing event to the celebrations for World Environment Day 2015 (5 June). Panel organized by the Italian Ministry of Environment and UNEP.

18:10 – 18:20

Closing remarks
Michele Bugliesi, Rector, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Friday, 22nd May 2015

Coping with many more of us: sustainable development in a crowded world
Master of Ceremony: Michela Miletto, WWAP Coordinator a.i.

10.00 – 10.30

Opening and Keynote Speech “Water and Sustainable development”
Marco Marzano de Marinis, Secretary General, World Farmers’ Organisation

This speech will introduce the three pillars of sustainable development addressing in particular the aspects related to poverty and social equity, economic development and protection of ecosystems in relation with food, energy and water security.

10.30 – 11.45

Panel discussion “Defining critical developmental challenges”
Chair and Moderator: Carlo Giupponi, Professor, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
Access to water and sanitation is a human right and despite great improvements made to increase the levels of access, many remain unserved. There is a need to attain sustainable WASH services since lack of it takes a huge toll on health and well-being and comes at a large financial cost.
Analia Mendez, Expertise and Authority Director Household Care, Unilever

Cities have become the place where development challenges and opportunities increasingly come face to face. In 2014, over half of the global population lived in cities, and by 2050, two-thirds will. In addition this trend is accompanied by a rapid growth of the slum population.
Jose Luis Martin Bordes, Programme Officer, GWOPA/UN-Habitat

Food and Agriculture
By 2050, agriculture will need to produce 60% more food globally, while current growth rates of agricultural demands on the world’s freshwater resources are unsustainable. Water use efficiency will need to be increased and pollution reduced.
Jippe Hoogeveen, Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Conflicting uses of the resource
Growing demands for finite water resources lead to competition between their respective users. This increases the risk of localized conflicts and continued inequities in access to services, with significant impacts on local economies and human well-being.
Josefina Maestu, Director, United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action (UN-DPAC) ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015

Climate Change and Variability
Climate change will dramatically impact the distribution and availability of water resources, as well as increase the frequency and intensity of water-related disasters. New data sources and improved model forecasts along with planning, preparedness and coordinated responses through adaptive management strategies are needed to increase resilience of communities.
Henk van Schaik, Cooperative Programme on Water and Climate (CPWC)

11.45 – 12.15

Preview event of the WWAP UNESCO project “The Water Rooms”

This session is organized in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Environment, Unilever and other Partners. It will introduce the rationale of the project and give a sneak-peek about the launching event the work in progress and the upcoming launch.

Chair: Francesco tei, Head, Dep. of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Perugia

– Carlo Medaglia, Chief, Office of the Minister, Italian Ministry of Environment
– Analia Mendez, Expertise and Authority Director Household Care, Unilever
– Sara Gandolfi, Journalist, Il Corriere della Sera (tbc)
– Francesca Ferrario, Animator and Illustrator

12.15 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 14.20

Keynote discussion “Data revolutuion for sustainable development”
Carlo Giupponi, Professor, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Alessandra Alfieri, Environment Statistics Section, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)

A duet discussion setting the scene of the second panel and providing critical food for thought on the data revolution debate and the future drawn by the post-2015 agenda

14.30 – 15.30

Panel discussion “Responding to the challenges”
Moderator: Sabina Ratti, Executive Director, FEEM

Energy and land use policies focusing on green financing
A transition to green economies based on environmentally sustainable economic policies is needed. This may occur through the development of green industries, including social investments and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Further, ecosystem-based management, ecosystem valuation, and greening agricultural practices may be part of the solution.
Jane Wilkinson, Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative

Governance and conflicts resolution
The global water crisis is one of governance much more than of resource availability. Governance failure may lead to water over-abstraction, misallocation of the resource and potential conflicts. This calls for engaging a broad range of societal actors through inclusive governance structures according to the principles of equity, participation and accountability.
Marianne Kjellén, Programme Director, UNDP Water Governance Facility, SIWI

Water Footprint
Virtually all commodities we consume or use on a daily basis require the input of water. The largest water use occurs by the agricultural, energy production and manufacturing sectors. Water footprints of these sectors are, more often than not, unsustainable and considerable efforts will be necessary in the fields of policy-making, technological innovation, and behavioral changes to revert these practices.
Ruth Mathews, Executive Director, Water Footprint Network

Gender Equity
Improved gender equality is key to boosting water management and access. Despite a significant increase in gender awareness, results on the ground remain limited with the inclusion of women in decision-making on water development and management lagging behind. The development of indicators that disaggregate data by gender may enable future water assessment, monitoring and reporting mechanisms to disseminate on existing gender issues, a first leap in solving them.
Lesha Witmer, Senior Expert, WWF/Women for Water Partnership

Managing the water-energy-food-environment nexus
Water, energy and food are inextricably linked as water is required to produce energy and food, energy to produce and distribute water and food. But also the environment -although often overlooked- is part of this nexus: ecosystems provide with clean water, and the energy- and food production sectors often imply serious environmental externalities.

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00

Panel presentations “Water and sustainable development from a local standpoint: countries perspective and experiences”
Chair: Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Secretary, UNESCO International Hydrological Programme, and Director, UNESCO Division of Water Sciences

This session will present three case studies from the WWDR 2015 and one from WWDR 2014 to highlight good practices, innovative approaches but also challenges related to sustainable and integrated water resources management through the lenses of region-specific examples.

Sustainable water resources management in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
How the contribution of aquifers to meet the increasing water demand is challenges the environmental sustainability causing degradation and depletion of the aquifers and land collapsing.
Walid Khalil Al-Zubari, Professor of Water Resources Management, Arabian Gulf University

The Cultivating Good Water Programme in the Paranà River Basin/Brazil
A collective approach to water resources management to limit environmental degradation.
Nelton Miguel Friedrich, Environment Coordinator, ITAIPU Binacional/Cultivando Agua Boa, Brazil

Multidisciplinary research on geothermal resources in Umbria, Italy.
The lack of data and understanding of this resource means that often this renewable and sustainable source of energy is not taken into consideration in energy planning. The results of the study have led to the integration of geothermal energy into the regional sustainable energy plan.
Angelo Viterbo, Manager, Water Resources Department, Umbria Region

River contracts for sustainable development in the Italian context: the Serchio River, an example of collective governance.
The river contract as a participatory management tool for the protection of rivers, restoration of the environment and better planning of land use.
Massimo Bastiani, National Coordinator, Contratti di Fiume; and Endro Martini, President, Alta Scuola

Q&A session

17.00 – 17.30


This session will wrap-up the discussions of the day and invite the public to other Expo events (both in Milan and Venice) coordinated by main Partners.

– Michela Miletto, WWAP Coordinator a.i.
– Gabriella Scanu, Italian Ministry of Environment
– Philippe Pypaert, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Venice
– Maria Ernesta Ranieri, Environment and Energy Coordinator, Umbria Region
– Cesare de Michelis, President, Expo Venice