The World Water Organization each year at the United Nations awards outstanding individuals or organizations who have made significant international contributions in water. There are three categories of the Awards:
The Humanitarian Award
The Technology Innovation Award
The Best Practice Award
To nominate an individual or organization for the Awards, please submit your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2009, The World Water Organization presented “The Best Practice Award” to the United Nations for its contribution to global water resource management and coordination.
ABOUT THE UN AND WATER
UN-Water is a mechanism of the United Nations, endorsed in 2003 for the follow-up process of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Its purpose is to support countries throughout the world in their water-related initiatives to help make the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) a reality. UN-Water works to strengthen the coordination and coherence among all the UN agencies that work on all the various aspects of freshwater and sanitation. Included in this are: surface and groundwater resources, the interface between freshwater and seawater and water-related disasters. UN-Water’s work is aimed at improving the cooperation between the relevant governing bodies and development organizations. It is also responsible for the annual World Water Day, as well as for the UN Water Decade. These global programs reach millions of persons around the world, for the purpose of raising awareness of the water crisis and provide the impetus for the creation of water initiatives that are helping to save the lives of millions.
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, accepted the award on behalf of the United Nations, following her opening speech at the World Water Organization’s Annual Conference at the United Nations.
ABOUT UN DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL DR. ASHA-ROSE MIGIRO
Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania took office as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 February 2007. She is the third Deputy Secretary-General to be appointed since the post was established in 1997.
She served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from 2006-2007 -- the first woman in the United Republic of Tanzania to hold that position since its independence in 1961. Before that, she was Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children for five years.
As Foreign Minister, Dr. Migiro spearheaded Tanzania 's engagement in the pursuit of peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region. She served as Chair of the Council of Ministers' meetings of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, a process that culminated into a Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region.
Dr. Migiro was also Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation and President of the UN Security Council during its open debate on peace, security and development in the Great Lakes Region. As Chair of the SADC Organization, Dr. Migiro coordinated SADC assistance to the democratic process, including elections, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as support for national elections in Zambia and Madagascar. At the time of her appointment, she was chairing an important SADC Ministerial Troika Meeting ahead of the national elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Prior to Government service, Dr. Migiro pursued a career in academia. She was a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar -es-Salaam, where she rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer. She headed the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law from 1992 to 1994, and the Department of Civil and Criminal Law from 1994 to 1997. Her work was published widely in local and international journals.
Dr. Migiro served as a member of Tanzania 's Law Reform Commission in 1997 and as a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2000. She obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in 1984 and a Doctorate in law from the University of Konstanz in Germany in 1992.
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