Official Side event UN Water Conference "The United Nations of Rivers, Deltas and Estuaries" DAY 7: Water & Socio-ecological justice

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Center for Architecture| AIA 536 LaGuardia Pl, New York

Strategies and methodologies aimed at the sustainable management of water and water ecosystems need to go beyond technical and economic driven approaches. In the run-up to the UN Water Conference and during the NY Water Week we gathered several methodologies and insights that combine local stories with global narratives in a multi-scalar approach, enabling design-thinking and artistic interventions for the implementation of the Water Action Agenda. This high-level meeting aims to share our insights and gather support of policy makers and international organizations for the implementation of a series of action-based initiatives. Together, the participants will set aims and objectives for the year to come, and formalize the commitments for the Water Action Agenda.


  1. Introduction
  • Rick Bell, Columbia University
  • Eric Orsenna, President of Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers (IAGF); Introduction
  • Karl M. Wantzen, UNESCO Chair River Culture;
  1. Roundtable: Organizations and Future Policy Making for fostering Action for rivers, deltas and estuaries
  • Bernadette Araba Adjei, Water Resources Commission, Ghana. 
  • Miriam Haritz, Federal Ministry for the Environment Germany;
  • Lylian Coelho, WomeVai; 
  • Ruth Richardson, INLWi;
  • Eddy Moors, Delft Institute for Hydrological Education;
  • Diana Morales Irato, Deltares and Valuing Water Initiative 
  • Eriberto Eulisse, Wamu-Net;
  • Nanco Dolman, Deltares;
  • Isabel Wallnoefer, International Union for Conservation of Nature;
  • Li An Phoa, Drinkable Rivers Foundation.

Moderators: Carola Hein UNESCO Chair Water Ports and Historic Cities, and Matteo D’Agostino,

  1. Reflections and takeaway points
    Carola Hein, UNESCO Chair Water, Ports, and Historic Cities

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UNESCO Chair Water, Ports, Historic Cities;
Deltametropolis Association;
Drinkable Rivers Foundation;
Delft University of Technology.