World Water Day 2011 in Kazakhstan
International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater, this year it is Water for Cities, in order to respond to the growing urban challenge.
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2011 it focuses on Water for Cities.
Kazakhstan will also take part in the worldwide celebrations. A workshop for journalists will be organized on 18 March in Almaty by several UN agencies to raise public awareness on major issues with respect to water in the country and disseminate information about the existing challenges in this sector.Ms. Aitjamal Tleulesova, Expert of the National Component "Transboundary Dialogue and Cooperation in the Ili-Balkhash Basin" will give a presentation on the current situation in the Balkhash area and preservation methods of this water system.
The program of the event will be available here shortly.
All interested are invited to join us on 18 March and celebrate together the importance of water in our lives!
To register, please, contact Ms. Yelena Yerzakovich, Natural Sciences Programme Consultant, UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office: y.yerzakovich(at)unesco(dot)org or Tel. +7(7272) 582 643, ext. 1424.