World Water Week
A UN-Water Seminar, "Triggering Action on Water through the Post-2015 Agenda" will be held at the Stockholm World Water Week on Sunday, 1 September, 14.00-17.30 (GMT+2).
The webcast for the event can be found at: Triggering Action on Water through the Post-2015 Agenda
Those who are able to follow along as the meeting unfolds will have a special opportunity to become familiar with how the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water and the proposals for targets and indicators are being negotiated and developed, as the international community seeks to determine what might lead to effective action.
This is a hugely important time in the life of the United Nations and of all people of goodwill as a new vision for Goals and Targets for the future is developed. Between 2000 and 2015, the United Nations, governments and development agencies are focussed on achieving 8 Millennium Development Goals. In 2015, these 8 Goals will be replaced by a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). Right now, these SDG's are being negotiated -- people of goodwill and NGO's around the world have had countless opportunities to contribute their visions.
The main purpose of the work being done during World Water Week is to inform and influence the General Debate of the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 68) in Sept 2013 as the initial findings of the Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 consultative processes are presented and reviewed.
Those who are sharing in the current focus on Water in the World Goodwill Cycle of Conferences visualization initiative may well find that following this event will help them project a lighted seed of "will energy" into the heart of the thoughtform under construction on International Water Cooperation.
If we were to ask those taking part in World Water Week
to tell us about the world they see, post-2015, we may hear:
"We believe that the global community must;
Double global water productivity by 2030
Realize the Human right to water and sanitation by providing universal access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation
Increase resilience to droughts and floods"
At this point, the draft statement that the Stockholm International Water Initiative prepared for the Sustainable Development Goal on water is open for discussion. Comments can be directed toward: Stockholm Statement
Questions to be addressed during the week will include:
"What are the main challenges to sustainable universal access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and good hygiene? How and when can these challenges be overcome?"
Which measures need to be taken to increase the value we produce per drop of water? How much more productive can and should we become?
Which are the best steps towards wiser management of our water resources and which aspects of the current water governance structures should be addressed first?
Which are the main drivers of water vulnerability and what are the best routes towards resilience?
Which measures, on policy as well as on a practical level, need to be taken to ensure that the same water that has served us for millennia can also be used in the future?
The Programme for the week can be found on: 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm.
Let's use the Cycle of Conferences Visualization throughout the Week in support of the best possible outcome from this important event.
A resource page for the Cycle of Conferences can be found at Lucis - cycle