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"Water for cities" and Waste water is a liquid assets
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the
importance of water resource and advocating for the sustainable management of water resources particularly freshwater. The theme for World Water Day 2011 is “Water for cities” with objective of raising awareness of international communities, governmental authorities of all levels and local communities about the challenges of water resources for the urban sustainable development in the process of industrialization, climate change and disaster mitigation.
In order to welcome this important event, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in collaboration with People Committee of Ninh Thuan Province will be establishing the
celebration of World Water Day 2011 in Ninh Thuan Province. We would like to invite you to join a National Meeting and activities for the celebration of “World Water Day 2011”, in 21 -22 March 2011 in Ninh Thuan Province.
 WWD in 2011: Waste water is a liquid assets 
Waste water is a liquid asset was the slogan that came up in a discussion on World Water Day 2011 during the last day of the international conference Sustainable Water Management in Cities in Zaragoza. On 17 December 2010 participants discussed WWD 2011 messages that UN-HABITAT had tabled. Participants gave their inputs to the messages by writing their comments on posters that were displayed for days in the corridors of the venue.
Here is a summary of the comments and inputs:
  • Proposed slogan for the messages under the sanitation and pollution theme: waste water is a liquid asset.
  • Education and capacity building were missing in the WWD 2011 messages provided by UN-HABITAT.
  • There need to be concrete messages for what people can do at household level.
  • We need fewer and simpler messages.
  • Create the messages in such a way that they provide the solution.
  • The word ‘local government’ is not reflected in the messages – they are the ones that have to make things happen at the local level.
  • Financing needs to go to local governments, not central governments.
More inputs received on the messages will be made available in the conference highlights booklet.
UN-HABITAT is the lead UN agency for this year’s World Water Day that has as theme Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge, see their site http://www.worldwaterday2011.org/
  • Advocacy
  • Urban WASH
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