The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.
The Lisbon 21 World Forum on Water, Energy and Sustainable Development was held at the Geographic Society of Lisbon (Portugal) on October 24th and 25th, 2011. The Lisbon 21 World Forum was conceived as a proposal for bringing together institutions and civil society to raise general social awareness of the problems of sustainable development. The debate focused on Water and Energy and compared experiences on these two commodities over the last 20 years. More than 650 attendees participated at this event. It was structured as a central programme with eight round tables and five parallel sessions. Experts, institutions and businesses expounded their criteria and opinions. You can download the Lisbon 21 World Forum Executive Summary pdf here
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2013 – The World Bank launched today Phase II of its Water Partnership Program (WPP), a joint partnership between the World Bank and the Governments of several other countries with an initial contribution of US$40 million.
Building on past successes, Phase II represents a bolder effort to strengthen the role of water as a key platform for development and growth, and to support the World Bank’s vision for water. Working at the nexus of water with food, energy, environment, and human development, Phase II will help countries to become resilient to climate change and achieve their development objectives by improving water management and water services.
“Water is the primary medium through which climate change will impact people, economies, and ecosystems”, said Rachel Kyte, Vice President of the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Network. “In this context, the challenge of water security is greater than we think. If we do not act now, hundreds of millions of people will be at greater risk of food and energy shortages, disease and poverty. This new phase of our Water Partnership Program will enable us to be more proactive in offering smart, innovative solutions to help countries build resilience and protect their people and economies.”
WCCE's World Annual Civil Engineering Report 2014 is open to contributions. The deadline for these contributions will be August 15th. In order to know what types of contributions may be presented, please consult pdf WACER 2014 Submission guidelines (380 KB) .
What is WACER?
This Annual Report launched in 2014 consists of a series of articles examining civil engineering implications worldwide with a clear aim of providing an overall point of view of our profession. In addition various WCCE activities and initiatives are also included. World Annual Civil Engineering Report (WACER) was presented on the ocassion of our 9th General Assembly which took place in Lisbon on November the 25th 2014.