The International Sediment Initiative is expected to add a new dimension to ongoing efforts aiming at sustainable sediment management, in the context of sustainable water resources development at global scale. Hence, its mission directly relates to the commitments of the international community expressed in major documents such as the
Millennium Development Goals, the Rio Declaration of Sustainable Development, the World Water Assessment Programme, World Water Development Reports, etc. By its activity, the International Sediment Initiative aims to uphold the importance of sustainable sediment management within the context of the two United Nations decades which have set-up in 2005: the 'Water for Life Decade' and the 'Decade for Education for Sustainable Development'. With direct access to stakeholders represented in the IHP National Committees and the Intergovernmental Council, ISI should be viewed as a vehicle to advance sediment management at the global scale.
Silver Jubilee Celebration held in Beijing
The IRTCES Silver Jubilee Celebration & Seminar on Integrated River
Basin Management under Global Climate Change were held on July 29,
2009 at Media Center in Beijing. Mr. Chen Lei, Minister of Water
Resources of China attended the celebration and made an important
speech. Mr. Walter R. Erdelen, Assistant Director General for Nature
Science of UNESCO attended the celebration and made an address of
congratulation. Minister Chen Lei, Mr. Erdelen, and Mr Wang Shucheng,
Vice Chairman . ...
Assistant Director General
On 29 July 2009, Mr. Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources of P.
R. China met with Mr. Erdelen, Assistant Director General of UNESCO,
who is invited to participate in the 25th anniversary of
International Research & Training Center on Erosion and
Sedimentation. China and UNESCO have long-term
cooperation on studies of sedimentation and technical training has
been conducted with expertise of UNECO and Chinese experts. China
has successfully implemented the International Hydrological Program
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