Events
August 9, 2016Dushanbe, Tajikistan

As part of the High-Level Symposium on Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensuring that no one is left behind in access, the World Bank Group is presenting a technical session on Increasing Water-Use Efficiency.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.4 aims at substantially increasing water-use efficiency across all sectors, ensuring sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reducing the number of people suffering from water scarcity by 2030. Global water demand is increasing due to population growth, economic development and urbanization trends. In some regions, the impact of these developments will be compounded by climate change, increasing relative water scarcity.

As the potential for developing new sources of water, as recognized by the international community, diminishes, the efficient use of water is necessary to meet future demand. In the business as usual scenario, agricultural water consumption, mainly represented by highly inefficient surface irrigation (FAO 2014), is expected to increase globally by about 20% by 2050 (UN, 2014). Inefficiencies also persist in municipal water supply: estimated losses from urban water networks range from 20 to 50 percent. The session aims to highlight technical and policy solutions to increase water-use efficiency in various sectors.

DRAFT PROGRAM

Day 1, 9 August 2016
Time Events  
06:30 – 07:30 Registration  
09:00 – 10:30 Opening Ceremony  
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & Networking break  
11:00 – 13:00 TS 1. Launching of Partnership initiatives, including the proposal of an International Decade on Water for Sustainable Development  
11:00 – 13:00 TS 2. Universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all  
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch  
14:30 – 16:30 TS 3. Access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all  
14:30 – 16:30 TS 4. Increase water-use efficiency  
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee & Networking break  
17:00 – 18:30 Side-Events  
18:30 – 19:00 Break  
19:00 Reception by the Government of Tajikistan for participants of the Symposium  
Day 2, 10 August 2016
Time Events  
08:30 – 10:30 TS 5. Integrated water resources management  
08:30 – 10:30 TS 6. Protect and restore water-related ecosystems  
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & Networking break  
11:00 – 13:00 TS 7. Improve water quality by reducing pollution  
11:00 – 13:00 TS 8. New and Innovative Water Cooperation Mechanisms for Sustainable Development  
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch  
14:30 – 16:30 Closing Plenary session  
16:30 – 17:00 Press-conference  
Day 3, 11 August 2016
Time Events  
  Field visits (to be organized by the Government of Tajikistan)