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UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova and Serbian Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Žarko Obradović, signed on April 24th 2013, in Paris, an agreement on founding a UNESCO Centre for Water, Sustainable Development and Climate Change within the Belgrade based „Jaroslav Černi" Institute for Development of Water Resources.

The „Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change" Centre, which operates within the „Jaroslav Černi" Institute for Water Management, is playing an important role in Southeastern Europe. The Centre promotes expert cooperation and exchange of information between different organisations involved in sustainable water resources management. The Centre performs these activities as a part of the relevant on-going UNESCO initiatives, particularly the International Hydrological Programme - IHP.

WSDAC Conferences

The international conference „Emerging Pollutants in Water" which took place in Belgrade, from July 9th to 11th 2013, at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) was organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) along with its International Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO's Category 2 Centre for „Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change" (WSDAC), „Jaroslav Černi" Institute for Water Management, and the Serbian Water Pollution Control Society.

An international conference titled „Contemporary Issues of Adaptive Water Management" was held in Belgrade on 31 October 2012 under the auspices of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in order to mark UNESCO's approval of the establishment of a Category 2 Center („Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change") under its auspices at the Jaroslav Černi Institute in Belgrade. The conference was attended by many domestic and international scientists, as well as representatives from international organizations: UNESCO, UNDP, IWA and IAWD.

The Milankovitch Anniversary UNESCO Symposium on water management in transition countries as impacted by climate change and other global changes, lessons from paleoclimate, and regional issues will be held under the auspices of the Serbian Government, the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and UNESCO. The intent is to use the outcomes of this Symposium to define program areas for World Water Forum 7 in Daegu, Korea.The Symposium is comprised of two separate conferences: (1) Water Management in Transition Countries and (2) Past Climate: A Lesson for the Future. Regional Climate Change Aspects.
UNESCO Category II Center: Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change (WSDAC) and Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources will coordinate the first conference, and the Board for the Earth Climate System and the Opus of Milutin Milankovitch of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts will coordinate the second conference.
The Symposium will be held in Belgrade, on September 3-5, 2014.

 

In order to see relevant video and photo materials from these conferences please visit: Photo Gallery, Video Gallery

 
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