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Sustainable Water Management in Cities conference, Zaragoza, Spain, 13-17 Dec. 2010

December 07, 2010

Key issue of the conference on ‘Sustainable Water Management in Cities’ will be the role of stakeholders, politicians and media in steering change at the local level.

The conference will be focusing on urban water issues in developing countries and expects more than 200 experts, local government officials, media specialists, water operators and political representatives of cities and stakeholder groups. The event is also an intermediary step to the World Water Day 2011 focusing this time on ‘Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge’.

The conference is organized by the UN Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015 implementing the UN Water Communication and Advocacy Program (with UN-Habitat and the Water Operators Partnership), the City of Zaragoza, and the project ‘SWITCH – Managing Water for the City of the Future’.

The ICLEI European Secretariat has taken part in SWITCH since its very beginning in 2006. SWITCH is an action research programme, co-funded by the European Union and a cross-disciplinary team of more than 30 partners from 15 countries around the world. It aims at moving away from ad hoc solutions to urban water management and instead working towards a more integrated approach.

ICLEI’s main role in SWITCH is to make the outcome of SWITCH research and demonstration accessible to local governments and water utilities. This will happen through the development of a comprehensive set of training materials available in its English version via the SWITCH Training Desk and on CD-ROM from early 2011 on. By April 2011, country-specific versions for Mexico (in Spanish) and Brazil (in Portuguese) will follow.

For more details on the conference in Zaragoza and for registration, see http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/swm_cities_zaragoza_2010/.