World Water Day 2015: Water Lecture on Positioning water and capacity development in the SDGs with Uta Wehn, UNESCO-IHE

March 19, 2015 | 17:00 h - 18:30 h

Speaker: Dr. Uta Wehn, UNESCO-IHE

Discussant: Dr. Saravanan V.S. Subramanian, senior researcher at ZEF

Venue: ZEF, ground floor

About the speaker:
Dr. Uta Wehn is Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Capacity Development and Innovation in the Integrated Water Systems and Governance Department at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. Read more on

About the lecture:
Our Water Lecture will deal with this year’s World Water Day theme of water and sustainable development. Water touches, among others, upon food security, energy, desertification, drought, environment and climate change adaptation and serves as a unifying factor within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During this lecture, we will discuss why water and capacity are essential for sustainable development, how water and capacity development-related goals and targets can be embedded in the post-2015 development agenda and what the status of the current negotiations in the process is.

About World Water Day:
The World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to emphasize the relevance of fresh water and to promote the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater - Water and Sustainable Development is 2015’s focus.

About the Water Lecture Series:
The Water Lecture series is a joint series organized by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), the United Nations University (UNU) in Bonn, the Global Water Systems Project (GWSP), the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Water Unit of the Geography Department (University of Bonn).

Watch a record of the lecture on our youtube-channel.


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