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UN Commemoration of World Water Day 2014 in Asia-Pacific region

In commemoration of WWD 2014, ESCAP and the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), together with the Royal Government of Thailand jointly held an event on March 21, 2014 in Bangkok under the global theme: Water and Energy.

 “Water  and  energy,  both  central  to  the basic needs of people, and the well-being  of our planet, are lifelines to sustainable economic and social prosperity,”   said   United   Nations  Under-Secretary-General  and  ESCAP Executive  Secretary, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar in her opening remarks. Asia-Pacific has some of the lowest water availability per capita in the world, with growing economies expected to demand more energy.

 Challenges confronting the region and ongoing approaches to mitigate them were elaborated by Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. A country-specific context was also provided by Mr. Chote Trachu, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), as he reviewed Thailand’s progress on the issue since 1970s and reaffirmed the country’s determination towards an eco-efficient use of water.

 A subsequent panel on Water and Energy in Partnership for Sustainable Development featured experts and policy makers from the UNESCAP, UNESCO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Royal Thai Government.



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