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  • Lead-organizer: Finland
  • 09:00 - 10:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-E

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Sustainable Development and Water: Global Goal, Targets, Partnerships

Organizing partners

Finland

Introduction

Water has been mentioned, for example in the discussions on Sustainable Development Goals, as one of the thematic areas on which a new global goal should be set. Such goal would promote socially, economically and environmentally sustainable use and management of water resources, as well as implementation of related human right obligations. What would be the content of such global goal? What kind of specific targets should be set to promote its achievement? How states, private sector actors and civil society can work together towards these targets?

Detailed programme

Water is critical for sustainable development, including poverty eradication, food and energy security, public health, women?s rights and equity. Population growth, urbanization, increasing consumption and production and climate change all add to the pressures on water. On the other hand, water has also great potential for inclusive and employment creating green economy.

Water has been mentioned by many as one of the thematic areas on which a goal should be set, should Rio+20 Conference decide to launch a process leading to creation of Sustainable Development Goals.

In this high level on-site event we propose to outline the content of a future global goal on water. It should encompass all the three dimensions of sustainable development, be universal in nature, while allowing for differentiated approaches. The goal should be coordinated and coherent with the MDG review and discussion on the post-2015 development agenda.

What kind of specific targets should be set to promote socially, economically and ecologically sustainable water use and management? How can the setting of a global goal and targets help to promote universal access to water and sanitation, improvement of water efficiency and waste water treatment? How states, private sector actors and civil society can work together towards these targets?

The on-site event will consist of high level presentations will outline a possible global goal on water, including more specific targets which would encompass all three dimensions of sustainable development. In addition it will be built on interaction with the audience. Representatives of the major groups will be invited to comment how they in their work would promote such goal (business and industry, NGOs, local authorities). The representatives of states and major groups will also share their experiences of successful partnerships.

Participants
Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development of Finland
Ville Niinistö, Minister of the Environment of Finland
Jari Koskinen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Irina Bokova, Director General of Unesco
Comments invited from representatives of major groups
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