President Jacob Zuma and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

President Jacob Zuma will launch the 17th edition of United Nations’ World Water Development Report in KwaZulu-Natal next week as part of World Water Day celebrations.

In line with the UN’s 2017 World Water Day theme – Waste Water the untapped resource – the report focuses on the critical role of wastewater management for vibrant economies, resilient societies and the maintenance of healthy environments.

In addition to launching the report Zuma will, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Heads of State Committee on the UN High Level Panel on Water, present a declaratory statement on roll-out activities of the High Level Panel on Water at domestic, regional and global level.


World Water Day Summit and Expo

The World Water Day Summit and Expo will be held from 22 to 24 March in Durban the Department of Water and Sanitation in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and United Nations Water.

The summit will provide South Africa with an opportunity to outline progress that the country has made in meeting water and sanitation goals since 1994 and will also be a platform for sharing knowledge and experience on risks in water provision induced by drought and climate change.

This year’s event will be held under the theme “Water and Sanitation is a Human Right” in line with the South African government’s calendar of activities that sees March celebrated as a Human Rights Month.