In 2003, UN-Water was endorsed as the new official United Nations mechanism for follow-up of the water-related decisions reached at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals. It will support Member States in their efforts to achieve water and sanitation goals and targets. Annually, UN-Water hosts a seminar during World Water Week focusing on specific strategic issues it has identified as priority for joint action during the decade Water for Life (2005-2015). This year's event addresses water scarcity. The seminar will illustrate the type of actions UN-Water agencies carry out with their partners.
Mr. Andras Szöllösi-Nagy, Director of the UNESCO Division of Water Sciences, will give a keynote speech on 'Decision Support Tools for Conflict Resolution' during the seminar. His address will be followed be a panel discussion on how to enhance the impact and effectiveness of the Water Scarcity Thematic Initiative at local and national level and at the level of international river basins.