Gender and WaterGender issues play a vital role in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and other international agreements related to water and sanitation. As such, gender is a focus of UN-Water and UNW-DPC actively took part in its Task Force on this topic, coordinated by UNDESA.
At the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul 2009 UNW-DPC, along with other members of the UN-Water Task Force on Gender and Water, organized a special sessionon "Health, Dignity and Economic Progress: a way forward to gender equity." Previously, UNW-DPC had co-organized with UN DESA an Expert Meeting Group on Gender-disaggregated Data on Water and Sanitation as part of an Expert Group Meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in December 2008 in New York. This was followed by a publication in UNW-DPC's "Knowledge" series, "Gender-disaggregated Data on Water and Sanitation".
Ongoing activities in this area include bringing in gender aspects in major events and publications, such as by including gender perspectives when organizing stakeholder dialogues and high-level panels for UN-Water at major world conferences.
UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue
UNW-DPC co-organized the annual UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue at World Water Week, led this time by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communications (UNW-DPAC) on the topic of "Triggering Action on Water through the Post-2015 Agenda". The session was held on Sunday, 1 September from 2-5:30 p.m and broadcast live via webcast. Click here to download the video of the session and here for the flyer.