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
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.