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Netherlands to host World Water Day 2013

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March. This year is special because the Netherlands will be hosting the international celebration. UNESCO was officially appointed by UN-WATER to lead the preparations. This year’s theme is water cooperation: working together on water security.

A two-day UN conference (21-22 March) with international (inter) governmental and political representatives and civil society organisations aimed at producing an outcome statement. This joint statement will be presented to Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on 22 March. The Minister will then give a speech on Dutch input in this area. The UN will use the declaration as input for the post-2015 development agenda, the follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals.

HRH The Prince of Orange will open the conference on 21 March. He will deliver an address in his capacity of Chair of the UNSGAB on 22 March. Moreover, he will be participating in the High-level Forum alongside, among others, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Prince Hassan of Jordan, Vice Minister of Public Works and Housing Francisco Pereira of Mozambique, Paul Polman CEO of Unilever and Betty Maina, CEO of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

Minister Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure & the Environment will be hosting the conference on Thursday, 21 March. She will speak on water security in the future, as will President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Bernard Wientjes President of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW).

Source: Dutch government