On 30 and 31 October the 62nd General Assembly of the European Council of Civil Engineers on the 30th anniversary of its foundation was held in Prague, hosted by the Czech Chamber of Authorized Professional and Technical Engineering. During this Assembly, WCCE President Alfonso Gonzalez attended the ECCE meeting invited by the President of the European Council, the Polish Wlodimiercz Szymczak.
Homage to Vassilis Economopoulos
During this meeting, ECCE paid tribute to the figure of our Greek colleague Vassilis Economopoulos, who passed away last October and held the office of President of the European Council of Civil Engineers from 2009 to 2011. Vassilis Economopoulos contributed to the WCCE initative by holding the office of treasurer since 2006 to 2008.
As part of the UN Water Dialogue Series in Casa Solans, this 3rd dialogue addressed the issue of Water Safety Plans (WSPs). The 3rd edition of the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality recommends the adoption and implementation of Water Safety Plans as the most effective means to consistently ensure the safety of drinking-water supplies at all levels, from catchment to consumer. This integrated tool requires engaging all stakeholders, from health and environment authorities to water operators and consumers. WSPs should be implemented within a public health context, respond to standard health and quality indicators and checked by independent surveillance. To debate on Water Safety Plans, implementation protocols and on specific challenges during the implementation phase in Spain and other countries, national experts and officers met and shared their experiences and recommendations with WHO representatives participating in this 3rd Dialogue.
2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Preparing for World Water Day 2014: Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability. 13-16 January 2014
The UN-Water Annual Zaragoza Conferences serve UN-Water to prepare for World Water Day. This conference is part of the road map for World Water Day 2014 focused on the nexus of water and energy, A focused dialogue to be initiated with the UN-Water seminar on the same topic during World Water Week in Stockholm. The Conference will be held in Zaragoza, Spain 13 to 16th January 2014.
WCCE launches its third edition of the Civil Engineering Excellence Awards. The first presentation of the Award was made in 2010 during our 5th General Assembly of WCCE. This third edition's awarding ceremony will be held during WCCE's 9th General Assembly to be held in Lisbon, Portugal on the last quarter of 2014. Candidacy submissions are open until March 30th.
On 11 February 2011, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 65/154, decided to proclaim 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation. Resolution 65/154 calls on the United Nations system and all other actors to take advantage of the Year to promote actions at all levels, including through international cooperation, as appropriate, aimed at the achievement of the internationally agreed on water-related goals contained in Agenda 21, the Programme for the further Implementation of Agenda 21, the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, as well as to increase awareness of their importance.
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