With regard to the work of UN-Water, which he chaired, Mr. Jarraud briefed the Board on recent developments related to the follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, including the establishment of a group, coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), to work on the possible formulation of a water-related sustainable development goal, with specific attention to the defining of targets and indicators. He added that UN-Water was organizing the UNDG thematic consultations on water, under the leadership of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
At the most recent meeting of UN-Water, held in August in Stockholm, members also agreed to promote all water-related publications under a single logo and without the other logos of participating United Nations organizations, in order to communicate the vision of the United Nations family delivering as one. Mr. Jarraud added that he was pleased with the level of coordination and cooperation between UN-Water and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water.
Mr. Jarraud concluded by informing the Board that, in addition to the annual World Water Day on 22 March 2013, next year marked the International Year of Water Cooperation. The decision by the General Assembly to proclaim the theme of “international cooperation on water” provided an additional good opportunity for the United Nations system to illustrate how it was delivering as one. He thanked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for coordinating that effort on behalf of the United Nations system in the coming year.
The Deputy Secretary-General added that in the lead-up to the 2015 deadline on the Millennium Development Goals, and given the priority accorded by the Secretary-General in his second term to water and sanitation, he was working on the issues and was looking forward to benefiting from the experience of, and working hand in hand with, UN-Water.
The Secretary-General, on behalf of the Board, thanked Mr. Jarraud for his briefing. He noted that the General Assembly was planning a special event in conjunction with World Water Day on 22 March 2013 and urged UN-Water to closely coordinate with concerned parties.