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Celebrating water for life: The International Decade for Action 2005-2015
World Day for Water 2005
22 March

An advocacy guide

We shall not finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, or any of the other infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking-water, sanitation and basic health care.”
Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General

Preface : An invitation to celebrate and mark the International Decade for Action Water for Life 2005–2015

The decade between 2005 and 2015 are critical years to focus global attention on what should be obvious: water for life. Apart from demonstrating your personal commitment to organizing events around World Water Day (WWD), it is going to be vital to make 2005 and leading up to 2015 remarkable years in ensuring that everyone is aware of the urgency of the goals to be achieved. Every event and every voice on every occasion will be vital in ensuring new energy and commitment to turning the tide on a situation we can no longer abide.

Each year more than 1 billion of our fellow human beings have little choice but to resort to using potentially harmful sources of water. This perpetuates a silent humanitarian crisis that kills some 3900 children every day and thwarts progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The consequences of our collective failure to tackle this problem are the dimmed prospects for the billions of people locked in a cycle of poverty and disease.

The root of this underlying catastrophe lies in these plain, grim facts: 4 of every 10 people in the world do not have access to even a simple pit latrine and nearly 2 in 10 have no source of safe drinking-water. To help end this appalling state of affairs, the MDGs include a specific target (number 10) to cut in half, by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation. In addition, the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation recently recognized that integrated development and management of water resources are crucial to the success or failure of all the MDGs, as water is central to the livelihood systems of the poor.

The Water for Life Decade starts on World Water Day 2005, 22 March; it is a unique occasion not just to highlight the magnitude of the problem, but also to bring all stakeholders together to apply solutions that work. Whatever kind of events you decide to organize, we hope this will help you leverage the maximum impact, however modest your budget.

The website www.un.org/waterforlifedecade is now available.

All of your efforts will contribute to making Water for Life a landmark event!

International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005–2015

In many parts of the world, such as Europe and North America, people take it for granted to turn on a tap for safe and clean water to drink, to cook, to wash — yet, more than 1 billion of our fellow human beings have little choice but to use potentially harmful sources of water. Each year, March 22 — World Water Day — marks a permanent effort to promote access to safe drinking-water and sanitation. It is a springboard for raising awareness about water, stimulating debate and focusing on the dangers that derive from inadequate access to safe water and basic sanitation.

The 10-year period of 2005–2015 will be critical: the time has come for intensifying advocacy efforts and action on the ground. The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed this period as the UN International Decade for Action Water for Life 2005–2015, starting on 22 March, World Water Day 2005. The Water for Life Decade gives the world’s goals “a greater focus on water-related issues, while striving to ensure the participation of women in water-related development efforts, and further cooperation at all levels".1

The good news is that, with 83% coverage in 2002, the world as a whole is on track to meet the MDG target for safe drinking-water. The news is tempered, however, by slow progress in sub-Saharan Africa and stalled action on sanitation in most developing countries. In 2002, an estimated 2.6 billion people were without even basic sanitation facilities. In a broader perspective, the achievement of all of the MDGs will crucially depend on sound water resources development and management linked to health (water supply and sanitation, irrigated agricultural production), livelihoods (reliance products and services of aquatic ecosystems, hydropower generation) and vulnerability (protection against the impacts of floods and droughts).

The Decade offers an opportunity for revitalizing political commitment, but it also provides a unique chance to launch a provocative worldwide advocacy effort to catalyse greater public participation in the Water For Life global campaign. Thus, it is worthwhile to reflect on the following questions:

How many people know that, in 2002:

Based on current and emerging priorities, the overall objectives of the UN International Decade for Action Water for Life 2005–2015 (which include the campaign elements/messages of World Water Day 2005) are:

1 In order to achieve water-related goals of the MDGs, Johannesburg Plan of Implementation of the World Summit for Sustainable Development and Agenda 21.

The Decade

The Decade directly reinforces and urges countries to meet the MDG 7, Target 10. The Millennium Declaration, adopted in September 2000 by the heads of 189 UN Member States, set clear, time-bound targets for making real progress on the most pressing development issues we face. The water Target 10 was reiterated at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, where a sanitation target was added. Achieving these targets will directly affect the lives and future prospects of billions of people around the globe. It will also set the world on a positive course at the start of the 21st century.

The MDG 7 is to ensure environmental sustainability. One of its targets, expanded in 2002 in Johannesburg, is directly linked to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation and specifically calls to:

Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation.

The world is on track to meet the drinking-water target, but sub-Saharan Africa lags behind. Between 1990 and 2002 considerable worldwide progress was made, with about 1.1 billion people gaining access to improved water sources. Global coverage in 2002 reached 83%, putting the world on track to achieve the MDG target. Progress in sub-Saharan Africa was also impressive: coverage increased from 49 to 58% between 1990 and 2002, a 9 percentage point increase. But this falls far short of the progress needed to achieve the MDG target of 75% coverage by 2015.

Global sanitation coverage rose from 49% in 1990 to 58% in 2002. Still, some 2.6 billion people — half of the developing world — live without improved sanitation. Sanitation coverage in the developing world (49%) is only half that of the developed world (98%). Meeting the MDG target requires that, between 1990 and 2015, the world must reduce by half the proportion of the population lacking improved drinking-water sources and sanitation. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is a process that can assist countries in their endeavour to deal with water issues in a cost-effective and sustainable way. Investment in integrated water resources development and management can contribute to meeting the MDGs as a whole, both through broad interventions designed to promote sustainable development in an area (such as multipurpose river basin development and acquifer management) and through targeted action addressing one of more particular goals in a specific locations (such as watershed management within degraded areas farmed by poor families). Both types of interventions are important for turning many of the MDGs into a reality. Among the approaches shown to be effective in speeding up progress in spite of several obstacles are the devolution of responsibility and ownership and providing a choice of service levels to communities, based on their ability and willingness to pay. Meeting the drinking-water targets will mean better health, longer lives and greater dignity for billions of the world's poorest people.

Although the MDG 7 is specifically related to water, all MDG goals will have some impact in advancing and reaching the water target just as the water target will be important in advancing and reaching all MDG goals.

The following highlights the importance of safe water and how it can contribute to each MDG by goal:

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Goal 8: Develop partnership for development

The day: World Water Day 2005 (and beyond)

Water for Life!

The theme/slogan puts at centre-stage the various links and communicates a sense of urgency and immediacy. The theme is also “open-ended” and lends itself to creative visual and textual interpretation for expressing a multiplicity of individual/collective human emotions and contexts. The theme can also be interpreted relatively easily into different contexts, cultures and languages. Water for Life can be interpreted in many different ways, based on regional and national priorities/contexts. In its broad interpretation, the theme allows for the establishment of intersectoral linkages that would otherwise remain unexplored, such as between irrigated agriculture and health, or between wetland conservation and health. The public-at-large, civil society and the media are the primary audience. National governments and policy-makers are the secondary audience.

The theme is a call to reach out beyond the community and to link with worldwide efforts of international agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and the community-at-large. It is an opportunity to capitalize on the energy and commitment of people, and to achieve a common goal: to bring global and local attention and to galvanize action, so that every person on the planet is less vulnerable to water stress, water-related disasters and poor water quality.

All actions planned for World Water Day 2005 will work towards raising awareness of the general public and bringing about a positive change in public opinion, which in turn influences policy-makers. A range of activities in every country will make the difference.

World Water Day is a unique opportunity to draw attention and to create momentum that compels governments, the international community, civil society and individuals to take action. On the day, it is anticipated that your organization will be one of the hundreds of organizations around the world hosting events related to Water for Life. It is expected that each country will celebrate World Water Day in its own manner. Join us now in planning a successful day.

The logo

The logo for the UN International Decade for Action Water for Life 2005–2015 depicts two horizontal waves of water at the bottom from which two human hands are emerging. The hands are cupped around a single fountain of water spray depicted by a dotted line that branches into two after leaving the hands. The words "Water for Life 2005–2015" appear below the wave and are centred in the middle of the image. The image is in a single shade of blue and can also be used in black and white.

Organizers are reminded that the design, slogan and the logo are copyright property of the United Nations and should be used together solely to identify events and materials related to World Water Day and the Decade. The design may not be reproduced for the purpose of self-promotion or obtaining any commercial or personal financial gain, nor may it be utilized in any manner which implies the UN's endorsement of the activities or products of a commercial enterprise. For full details of use of logo, please see Annex A.

The web site will emphasize the importance of the Decade and World Water Day(s), featuring information from around the world on the day and throughout the year. The web site will be updated regularly up to and beyond 22 March. The web site for the UN International Decade for Action Water for Life 2005–2015 address is www.un/waterforlifedecade.

The web site

If your organization wishes to share information about your events, you are encouraged to complete Feedback Form A at the end of the Advocacy Guide.

As the lead agency, the activities of the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) will consist of the launch of the Decade through a booklet, video and song on CD. The Decade will be officially launched at the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York in April 2005. The booklet for the UN International Decade for Action Water for Life 2005–2015 will be presented on World Water Day, 22 March 2005, when the Water for Life Decade is launched.


Aims of the booklet

Key steps in your planning process:

Pasos principales del proceso de planificación:

Getting started

Transform your local/national statistics into key messages and stories; use statistics to develop a list of key messages and stories that can be used depending on the target audience. The messages and stories should support successes, identify gaps and set out the next steps in your Water for Life campaign. Afterall, your campaign is a media event, so work with them and assess your impact.

Collect information: Why Water for Life?


UN General Assembly Declares 2005–2015 the International Decade for Action Water for Life

The UN General Assembly resolution strongly urges communication and social mobilization at both the global and national levels. While much of global and regional water and sanitation communication to date has been directed, quite successfully, at mobilizing resources and strengthening political and governmental commitment, there is an urgent need to intensify these efforts that are specifically directed at increasing societal commitment and participation. Much more still needs to be done. Safe water supply and adequate sanitation to protect health are considered fundamental human rights. As of today, there are still almost 1.1 billion people who have inadequate access to water and 2.6 billion without appropriate sanitation. For more information, please visit: www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/gaef3068.doc.htm.

Key messages:

  • 83% of the world's population are using improved drinking-water sources, but 1.1 billion people are still without access to safe drinking-water.
  • Progress in sub-Saharan Africa was impressive, moving from 49% coverage in 1990 to 58% in 2002. But at this rate it will not be sufficient to meet the MDG target by 2015.
  • More than half the world's population use water piped to their homes, which frees them (mainly women and girls) from the drudgery of water collection and protects their health.
  • Without a sharp acceleration in the rate of progress, the world will miss the sanitation target by half a billion people.
  • An estimated 2.6 billion people — half of the developing world — lack access to improved sanitation.
  • Despite major progress in South Asia, little more than a third of its population use improved sanitation; access to adequate sanitation in sub-Saharan Africa is only 36%.
  • Global population growth is cancelling many of the gains already made. Though more than a billion people gained improved sanitation between 1990 and 2002, the population without coverage declined by only 100 million.
  • From now until 2015, greater effort must be made to reach the poor and those in rural areas, whose deprivation is hidden behind national averages.

Useful web sites

International Decade for Action Water for Life 2005-2015


UN General Assembly Resolution

World Water Day

International Water and Sanitation Center (IRC)

Ideas for Water Awareness Campaigns (ISDR, UNEP, UN)

Water, Sanitation and Health web site at WHO

Water and Sanitation Program (World Bank)

Environmental publications from UNEP and key international organizations

Meeting the MDG drinking-water and sanitation target: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme report on progress

Health care waste

Sanitation connection

Household water network

Water associations worldwide
(source: http://www.collinsassoc.ca/water/resources.htm)

International Water Association (IWA)
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7654 5500. Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7654 5555 E-mail: water@iwahq.org.uk
Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (AIDIS)
Tel: + 55 11 3812 4080. Fax: + 55 11 3814 2441. E-mail: aidis@unisys.com.br
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Tel: + 1 703 295 6000. Fax: + 1 703 295 6222. E-mail: EWRI@asce.org
Australian Water Association (AWA)
Tel: + 61 29 413 1288. Fax: + 61 29 413 1047. E-mail: info@awwa.asn.au
American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Tel: + 1 303 794 7711. Fax: + 1 303 795 1440. E-mail: Public: dmarsano@awwa.org
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
Tel: + 44 171 8313110. Fax: + 44 171 4054967. E-mail: philip@ciwem.org.uk
European Water Association (EWA)
Tel: + 49 22 42 872 189. Fax: + 49 22 42 872 135. E-mail: ewa@atv.de
New Zealand Water and Wastes Association (NZWWA)
Tel: + 64 9 6363636. Fax: + 64 9 6361234. E-mail: water@nzwwa.org.nz
Water Environment Federation (WEF)
Tel: + 1 703 684 2452. Fax: + 1 703 684 2450. E-mail: csc@wef.org

This resource sheet is designed specifically for World Water Day 2005 and will be valid throughout the decade 2005–2015. Each year for every new theme on World Water Day, a new resource sheet will be prepared. They will form an integral part of the Advocacy Guide and will be added to it. During any major conference or news breaking story relating to water, a new resource sheet will be tailored to provide all organizers with the relevant one page information.

Develop the message

Document the problem

Facts based on solid research are crucial to any advocacy campaign. Although many global statistics exist, local data will be most persuasive to local politicians and media.

Box 1 provides some of the information that could be gathered to help communicate your message, as well as how the information could be used.

Box 1: Document the problem

  • collect information on water and sanitation in your region/country;
  • identify gaps (problems) in water/sanitation coverage, and or water resource problems as well as the steps you can take to raise awareness and stimulate action;
  • publicize and promote the work done by you or your organization to improve the situation;
  • highlight success stories

Package the message

Once you have collected and analysed data, transform it into something everyone can relate to. Sound bites (short, catchy facts) are the best for this purpose, but remember that the message may need to be changed to fit the target audience. Below are a few examples of short messages that could be used under different conditions.

Water, poverty and hunger

Water and sanitation

Water and gender equality

Water and disasters

Water and health

Mobilize others

Approach local partners with an outline of activities and events for World Water Day and ask for their involvement and support. Explain how their participation shows enlightened self-interest: as well as supporting a good cause, it will increase their profile and visibility in the community.

Discussions, forums, seminars and courses are useful for exchanging information with the public, NGOs, policy-makers and decision-makers, and with associations for physicians, teachers, children and environmental health. You can discuss the implications if no action is taken, and state what can and should be done to improve the situation in a water emergency.

Boxes 2 to 5 provide checklists of actions you might choose to take, and examples of people/organizations you may want to involve.

Box 2: Policy-makers and decision-makers

  • identify the relevant water and sanitation policies and legislation, and the individuals in government responsible for them;
  • assess information on water and ensure priority issues get the necessary high-level attention;
  • ensure that government budgets for environment, health and other sectors are adequate to support programmes to improve water and sanitation;
  • promote linkages between water, sanitation and hygiene, and health and environment policies;
  • raise awareness among stakeholders of the dangers from water-related diseases, disasters, the impact on economy, health, human rights, etc.

Box 3: Local authorities, mayors, NGOs, communities, individuals

  • pressure authorities to provide better services;
  • build community awareness about water, sanitation, health, development, environment and similar issues;
  • influence local and national policies, and hold authorities accountable for their actions and for the services they provide.

Box 4: Health and social workers; environmental health officers

  • promote recognition of the main hazards related to water;
  • assist community groups to create healthier places;
  • evaluate the impact of the actions taken.

Box 5: Private sector

  • involve the private sector in preparedness and in vulnerability reduction by forming public–private partnerships;
  • create institutional and management arrangements that ensure that the private sector will be involved in an effective response when a disaster disrupts water-supply and sanitation infrastructure.

Organize events

Parades, competitions, street events and quizzes using the World Water Day 2005 theme all create media attention and get the message out to large numbers of people in an entertaining and stimulating way. This is a good way to reach people who might not be attracted to more traditional events, such as seminars or meetings.

It is also a good idea to involve celebrities as spokespersons, but remember it takes time and preparation to get celebrities involved. See box 6.

Box 6: Involve celebrities

  • choose individuals who are well known and respected within the country or community and who can bring positive attention to World Water Day;
  • invite personalities in music, film, sports and politics to talk about the issues;
  • engage a well-known person or politician who lives nearby or is from your area — they may provide “local support” for your event;
  • celebrities are often not aware of the causes and consequences of the subject matter, so make sure they are briefed in advance — specify clearly to celebrities or their agent/manager how you want them to contribute and the message you hope to put across.

Work with the media

The media is potentially the most effective tool for communicating a message, but to work with the media you must understand how the media works. Timing is everything and sound bites provide the best messages. Before approaching the media, prepare talking points. The title and opening line of a presentation are important, since they will determine whether you attract the attention of listeners and readers and encourage them to listen/read further. You should be an advocate for Water for Life in general and share credit and visibility with partners.

News reporters will be most interested in information that is newsworthy (i.e. is new, surprising, compelling or has an impact on the public). Make sure the story you wish to present to the media is newsworthy. See box 7.

Box 7: Think about “What makes a story newsworthy?”

  • a newsworthy story interests the intended audience: a personal story linked to a news event is more interesting than dry statistics;
  • a newsworthy story includes only facts and figures that are accurate: every name, date and piece of information should be double-checked with a reliable source.

The news conference

Perhaps the single most effective means of winning media coverage for your World Water Day event is to hold a news conference. See box 8

Box 8: News conference checklist

  • invitation list for the print press, radio, TV and others;
  • call back invited press members to confirm their attendance;
  • check the time and date for any possible conflicts with competing events;
  • media advisory;
  • photo opportunity;
  • prepare a media kit that includes speeches, a press release of the main announcement, biographies, background information, fact sheet, photographs, etc;
  • anticipate possible questions from the media and prepare answers;
  • focus all presentations and answers on a small number (e.g. three) of key messages.

On-site arrangements include renting hotel rooms for event participants, placing name signs on the podium for speakers, and providing audiovisual equipment and refreshments.

Sound bites

  • 1.1 billion people (17% of the global population) lacked access to improved water sources.
  • Over half of the world's population has access to improved water through household connections or yard taps.
  • Of the 1.1 billion without improved water sources, nearly two thirds live in Asia.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa , 42% of the population is still without improved water supply.
  • In order to meet the water supply MDG target, an additional 260 000 people per day up to 2015 should gain access to improved water sources.
  • Between 2002 and 2015, the world's population is expected to increase every year by 74.8 million people.
  • 88% of diarrhoeal disease is attributed to unsafe water supply, inadequate sanitation and hygiene.
  • Improved water supply reduces diarrhoea morbidity between 6% and 25%, if severe outcomes are included.
  • Improved sanitation reduces diarrhoea morbidity by 32%.
  • Hygiene interventions including hygiene education and promotion of hand washing can lead to a reduction of diarrhoeal cases by up to 45%.
  • Improvements in drinking-water quality through household water treatment, such as chlorination at point-of-use, can lead to a reduction of diarrhoea episodes between 35% and 39%.
  • Improper planning of dam and irrigation projects has led to rapid intensification of transmission of malaria and schistosomiasis; for example, in development areas of the Senegal River Basin schistosomiasis prevalence shot up from 0 to 90% in a period of less than 2 years.

News agencies: Don’t neglect them

In addition to newspapers and magazines, you should contact the national news agencies, also known as the wire services. If they put out a dispatch on World Water Day, the story will go out to every newspaper, magazine, radio station and television network in your country.

10 important news media

Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Associated Press (AP)
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Cable News Network (CNN)
El Pais
International Herald Tribune
Le Monde
Radio France Internationale (RFI)
Spanish News Agency (EFE).

Broadcast media: Communicating in pictures and sound

TV and radio

Hosts and hostesses of talk shows are almost always looking for people to interview on radio and television. So, just call up your local radio station, ask to speak to the executive producer of the show you’re interested in, and suggest someone for an interview (ideally one with charisma and able to articulate the message).

When you have only a few seconds in front of a microphone either for radio or television, you need to use memorable phrases — sound bites — that will stay with your audience long after you have left. The best sound bites get to the heart of the problem without lengthy qualified explanations. Broadcast producers cannot resist them, and listeners and viewers remember them. The sound bite should capture and communicate the one key message you want to leave with the audience, if they remember nothing else. Try to repeat the sound bite in different way to reinforce the message during an interview with the media.

Make a splash on World Water Day!

50 ways of celebrating and promoting the Day and the Decade

Assess the impacts of your efforts

Lessons learned

In order to plan for follow-up action, find out what impact your efforts have had and assess the success of the day.

Compile a summary of events

Review successes and challenges with the planning committee to understand what was accomplished, what needs immediate follow up and what lessons can be learned. Disseminate the summary widely among your planning committee partners and other groups. This information can be useful in planning for future events.

Prepare a brief questionnaire

Key questions to ask about your planning efforts include:

Collect news paper clippings, TV spots, radio broadcast, etc.

For record keeping and evaluation of the success of the day, collect clippings and other media sources. This is also useful for future planning.

Thank the planning committee

Organize a “Thank you” event for members of the committee. This is a way to build on the success of World Water Day and to strengthen relations between the committee members. This can lay ground for the future collaboration.

Beyond World Water Day: Keeping up the Decade momentum!

World Water Day should not be the only advocacy effort of the year!

World Water Day should be a catalyst for bringing together new partners, generating media interest and mobilizing resources that can build on throughout the year. World Water Day can continue throughout the year to keep the issues at the forefront and to build momentum towards the next World Water Day! Every year the theme changes, but the theme is always broad enough to adapt to particular water interests.

Remember to keep the International Decade for Water bubbling throughout the years 2005–2015!

For further information, contact:

Secretariat of UN-Water
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Division for Sustainable Development
2 UN Plaza, DC 2, Room 2024
New York, NY 10017
Fax: 1 212 963 4340
E-mail: unwater@un.org

References and acronyms

References cited in advocacy guide

Bartram J. "Focusing on improved water and sanitation for health." Lancet, 18 January 2005, Lancet stock 05/art/1020.

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations (UN). Ideas for Water Awareness Campaigns. http://www.collinsassoc.ca/water/contents.htm.

United Nations (UN). Second Committee recommends proclamation of International Decade on "Water for Life, 2005-2015. New York, UN. 9 December 2003. Press release GA/EF/3068.

World Health Organization (WHO). Advocacy Guide to Organizers, World Water Day 2001. Geneva, WHO, 2001.

World Health Organization (WHO). Facts and figures: water, sanitation and hygiene links to health. November 2004. WHO. Mimeo.

World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Joint monitoring programme for water supply and sanitation: meeting the MDG drinking water and sanitation target. A mid-term assessment of progress. Geneva, New York, WHO/UNICEF, 2004.


Commission on Sustainable Development
International Water and Sanitation Center
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
International Water Association
Integrated Water Resources Management
Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation
Millennium Development Goals
Non-governmental organizations
United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Children’s Fund
Water supply and sanitation
World Water Day

Feedback Form A

Kindly complete this form to report to the lead agency on the outcome of activities planned for World Water Day 2005.

Organization name:

Contact name:





Short description of event:

Please include the subject addressed, type of activity, specific audience for which it was organized, and the attendance rate.

The activity received the following press coverage in our area:
You may attach press clippings for our reference

We plan a follow-up activity:

 Yes  No

Submit this form by e-mail to Unwater@un.org

Annex A: International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015

1. Design

The Water for Life Decade Logo depicts a fountain of water painted in dark blue. The fountain consists of two cupped hands rising out from an ocean of water represented by two horizontal broad wavy lines. In a point-line style the water streams out of the fountain in both directions, portraying water that is harnessed 'for Life'. The words "Water for Life 2005-2015" appear below the artwork. The Water for life decade logo will be available in the six official United Nations languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

The Water for Life decade logo might be subject to national variations. A national variation of the logo should maintain the core design, but may add, to top or bottom, the name of their country (or a city or locality within that country) and/or slogan judged appropriate to the Decade and suitable in the national or local context.

2. Uses of the logo

The Water for Life decade logo is primarily intended for three kinds of promotional use: information, fundraising and use by a commercial entity, as outlined below:

a. Information uses of the logo

Information uses of the logo are those which are:

All entities interested in using the Water Decade logo for information purposes should apply for approval to the Secretariat of UN-Water.

When requesting approval, the entities should provide:

Before the logo is used for information purposes, a waiver of liability (please see text below) in accordance with section III below must be signed by the entity requesting to use the logo.

b. Fund-raising uses of the logo

Fund-raising uses of the logo are those intended to raise resources to cover costs of activities for the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, 2005-2015. Fund-raising uses of the logo may be undertaken only by non-commercial entities.

All entities interested in using the Water for Life Decade logo for fund-raising purposes should apply for approval to the Secretariat of UN-Water. When requesting permission to use the logo for fund-raising purposes, the entities should provide:

Before the logo is used for fund-raising purposes, a waiver of liability in accordance with section 3 below must be signed by the entity requesting to use the logo.

c. Uses of the logo by a commercial entity

The uses of the logo by commercial entities are all those undertaken by or involving commercial entities, as well as any use intended to lead to commercial or personal profit.

All commercial entities interested in using the Water for Life Decade logo should apply for approval to the Secretariat of UN-Water. When requesting permission to use the logo, the entities should explain:

Before the logo is used by a commercial entity, a contract must be signed with the Secretariat of UN-Water. In particular, such contracts must include provisions concerning the waiver of liability in accordance with section 3 below. Such contracts must also provide the detailed terms and conditions concerning the use of the logo, including the details of the information enumerated above. Additionally, such contracts must contain the United Nations General Conditions of Contract.

3. Liability

All entities authorized to use the Water-for-Life Decade logo for the purposes specified herein must agree to the following provisions on waiver of liability:

When the logo is used for information and fund-raising purposes, the waiver of liability form must be signed by the entity.

When the logo is used by a commercial entity, the above provisions on waiver of liability must be incorporated into a contract to be signed by the entity.

All duly signed waiver-of-liability forms and contracts must be received by the Secretariat of UN-Water before the proposed activities are carried out.

4. Inquiries

Secretariat of UN-Water
Mr. Manuel Dengo
Chief Water, Natural Resources and SIDS Branch
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Division for Sustainable Development
2 UN PLAZA, DC2, Room 2024
New York, N.Y. 10017
Fax: +1-212-9634340
Email: unwater@un.org

Waiver of Liability for the Use of the Logo of The International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Life’, 2005-2015

The undersigned acknowledges that, in using the Water for life decade logo as explained in its submission dated __________ to the Secretary of UN-Water:

a. the undersigned is responsible for ensuring that the activities are carried out in accordance with the applicable law and for ensuring that the appropriate insurance is maintained to cover the risks arising out of such activities; b. the United Nations does not assume any responsibility for the activities of the undersigned; and c. the undersigned shall hold harmless and defend the United Nations and its officials against any action that may be brought against the United Nations or its officials as a result of the use of the logo.

Signed ________________________________________

Full Name (block letters) __________________________

  • the undersigned is responsible for ensuring that the activities are carried out in accordance with the applicable law and for ensuring that the appropriate insurance is maintained to cover the risks arising out of such activities;
  • the United Nations does not assume any responsibility for the activities of the undersigned; and
  • the undersigned shall hold harmless and defend the United Nations and its officials against any action that may be brought against the United Nations or its officials as a result of the use of the logo.

Affiliation (block letters) __________________________

Name of Organization ____________________________

E- mail ________________________________________


Please send to: UN Water Secretariat, Fax: +1 (212) 963-4340


This guide is prepared by the Water, Sanitation and Health (WSH) unit of the World Health Organization (WHO) by Ms Nada Osseiran with the guidance of Dr Jamie Bartram, WSH Coordinator, and input from UN-Water and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), New York, as a contribution to the celebration of the International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005–2015 and World Water Day 2005. This document was copy-edited by AvisAnne Julien and designed by Jean-Claude Fattier, WHO.


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