In February 2002 an agreement was signed between the Government of I.R. Iran and UNESCO based on which the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM), under the auspices of UNESCO, as a category II Centre was officially inaugurated, in light of the sixth phase of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP). The centre’s activities was extended for a five-year period, starting from 2008 up to 2013 after evaluating the centre’s first five-year performance (2003-08). RCUWM will be having its 3rd five-year activities evaluated during first Mid-2014.
RCUWM since its establishment in 2002 up to now, has received Afghanistan, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Germany, India, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan and Yemen as member states and International Water Association (IWA), UNESCO-IHE, Wageningen University and Research Centre, United Nations Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and Centre for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) as the members of the GB according to the protocols mentioned in section 2 of article II of the agreement signed and exchanged between I.R. Iran and UNESCO. Worth noting that correspondences have been made with Qatar to become a member of RCUWM Governing Board. The number of GB members including Iran and UNESCO (as founders) has reached up to 25.
According to this article the membership of other UNESCO member countries and international governmental and non-governmental entities in addition to the founders of the Centre (Iran and UNESCO representatives), has been foreseen.
RCUWM-Tehran Governing Board, chaired by the Iranian Ministry of Energy is the highest constituent of decision making within the Centre’s organization chart. In article VI of the agreement signed between the Government of I.R. Iran and UNESCO, the composition of this board has been determined. The board is organised ordinary sessions annually for investigating previous year’s activities and approving current and future programmes and projects.
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