ISLAMABAD - Director COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Wah Campus, Dr Tayyeb Akram has appreciated UNESCO’s support for highlighting water-related issues. During the welcome address of a seminar organised by UNESCO in collaboration with COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, on the occasion of World Water Day 2013, Director UNESCO, Islamabad, Dr Kozue Kay Nagata, stressed the burning need to invest in knowledge to address the issues of water and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in holistic manner.She said, “The fulfillment of basic human needs of the day, environment, economic prosperity and poverty reduction, all depends upon water. The International Year of Water Cooperation is to promote Water conservation and cooperation. This limited and increasingly precious resource has become a challenge globally and more so in Pakistan. And Sustainable Development offers the only choice as our collective action”. Moreover, UNESCO is up scaling Pakistan’s Flood Management Capacity to develop Flood Hazards Maps with related Government Institutions at community level, along with mainstreaming ideas of Education for Sustainable Development in Schools. The aim of the seminar was to address the challenges of effective water management in communities of Pakistan. Eminent science and technology experts, educationists and students attended the seminar. It merits mentioning here that International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March since 1993, as means of focusing attention on the importance of water conservation and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.