BEYOND 2015 POSITION PAPER: WATER THEMATIC CONSULTATION
DRAFT 2: Beyond 2015 position paper on the UN water thematic consultation
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Beyond 2015 is a civil society campaign pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. The campaign is built on a diverse, global base, brings together more than 570 organizations and ranges from small community based organizations to international NGOs, academics and trade unions. Whilst Beyond 2015 participating organizations have a range of views regarding the content of a post-2015 framework, the campaign is united in working to bring about the following outcome:
- A global overarching cross–thematic framework succeeds the Millennium Development Goals, reflecting Beyond 2015’s policy positions.
- The process of developing this framework is participatory, inclusive and responsive to voices of those directly affected by poverty and injustice.
- INTRODUCTION/EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- This Beyond 2015 position paper addresses the three dimensions of the UN thematic consultation on water, namely Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Water Resource Management; and Wastewater and Water Quality. The paper focuses on setting out the importance of these topics for the overall post-2015 development agenda. It argues that the agreed overarching focus of poverty reduction for the post-2015 agenda cannot be achieved unless these three dimensions of water are addressed holistically. The paper further shows how these themes cut across and are essential to realising all of the social, economic and sustainability components of development.
2. As civil society organisations, we firmly believe in the need for a common set of principles that are key to achieving progress across the dimensions of the water theme, but also reach beyond the subject. The Millenium Declaration itself recognised the need for equality, non-discrimination, human rights as well as more inclusive and participatory governance to form key objectives of the current set of MDGs. While the current MDGs have undoubtedly served to focus efforts in poverty eradication and overall development, it is also clear that progress has been uneven and that governance and human rights have not been operationalised. This paper therefore calls for the future framework to catch up on this missed opportunity, and to ensure that inclusive, participatory development based on good governance and human rights are put at the forefront not just of the water theme, but across the entire agenda.
SAAF PANI PROJECT:
Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting here today which reviewed the progress on Saaf Pani Project.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that Saaf Pani project is of vital importance. He directed that the project should be completed speedily while transparency and standard should also be maintained. He said that no compromise would be made on the standard and transparency of the project. He said that solar panels would be installed for operating water filtration plants. He said that Saaf Pani Project worth billion of rupees is being started for the benefit of the common person. He said that target has been fixed to provide potable water to majority of population of Punjab until 2017.
The Chief Minister said that foundation stone of first phase of setting up water filtration plants in four priority Tehsils of South Punjab will soon be laid and this project will be extended to all Tehsils of the province under a phased programme. He directed that completion of the project within timeline should be ensured, as no laxity will be tolerated in this regard. Chief Executive Officer Saaf Pani Company gave a briefing on the project. Provincial Minister for Housing Tanvir Aslam Malik, Chairperson Saaf Pani Company Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, MPA, Secretary Planning & Development, Secretary Housing and other concerned authorities attended the meeting.
a new web site on global hand washing www.globalhandwashing.org
Punjab drinking water policy http://punjab.gov.pk/?q=system/files/Initiative-PHED.pdf
This was followed by another round in Pervez Musharraf/ Shaukat Aziz period. which was slightly better used its impact also. and we got approval and budget for some 7000 Filtration Plants. In all union councils under CDWA. Unfortunately it did not go well.
Again we are running a similar 12 billion project in The Punjab with Punjab saaf Pani company. hope and pray we have better results , bypassing the previous pit falls.
Pakistan standards and quality control authority (PSQCA) prescribed NO2 Nitrite level as 50 mg/L in drinking water, Link http://www.waterpakistan.com/?s=psqca+standards
Daegu Human Right to Water Declaration
April 17, 2015 – 9:15am
The following declaration was written by Korean and global water justice groups gathered at the Daegu Alternative Water Forum.
From April 12-14, Korean civil society organizations hosted an Alternative Water Forum in Daegu in opposition to the corporate-led World Water Forum 7 being held in the same city. One of the key concerns for the Korean Government Employees Union – the main organizers of the event — was the involvement of French multinational water corporation, Veolia. KGEU argues that Veolia used the corporate World Water Forum to cement its interests in the region (read more). The KGEU is fighting to keep water public in Korea and represents 140,000 public sector employees but has been refused legal status by the Korean government.
2015 Daegu Gyoungbuk declaration on the Human right to water
Water is life and a human right.
We declare our commitment to strong public water services for all!
In commemoration of the five-year anniversary of the UN resolution 64/292 regarding the Human right to water and sanitation, in celebration of the 15-year anniversary of the Cochabamba struggle against water privatization, and following in the footsteps of global water justice struggles against the corporate World Water Forum in Japan in 2003, Mexico in 2006, Turkey in 2009, France in 2012, we the Daegu 2015 Alternative World Water Forum declare;
1. The World Water Forum is illegitimate: It is a corporate trade fair aimed at promoting market access to multinational water corporations in the water and sanitation sector. It gives corporations privileged access to decision-makers behind closed doors and should not be used as a space to advance policies to solve the global water crisis. Public water policies must be discussed democratically in consultation with the public and with impacted communities in particular.
2. Water and sanitation are a human right: The greedy and profit seeking practices of multinational water corporations threaten the universal human right to water and sanitation: the privatisation of water in various forms has led to blatant violations of this right through tariff hikes, water quality degradation, inefficiency, corruption and destruction of the environment. The human right to water is also violated through the destruction of watersheds and commodification of water resources in the form of large dams and infrastructure, water diversions, extractive industries, hydraulic fracturing and other dirty industries.
3. Water is part of the commons: Water supply and sewerage must publicly owned and managed in recognition of water as a vital part of the commons. We will continue to work together to stop privatisation and to remunicipalise private water and sanitation systems. We call on the public sector – local and state governments – to improve the social and ecological management of water quality and water resources and to solve dispute between locals where necessary. Public and community management must be strengthened by ensuring transparency, accountability, access to information and public participation in decision-making. We urge the Korean government to promote policies that strengthen public water and sanitation services and demand an end to all negotiations with the French multinational corporation, Veolia.
4. We call for the Post 2015 Development agenda to recognize water and sanitation as human rights and as part of the commons. Unless the Post 2015 Development Agenda is rooted in a human rights framework and a commons-based perspective, it will run the risk of facilitating the commodification of water resources and privatization of services.
5. We will continue to support each other’s struggles as a global water justice movement. We will strengthen our ties of solidarity in our struggles to stop privatisation and promote quality public water and sanitation services at the community level, the national level and the global level. From Daegu Gyoungbuk, Korea we connect with struggles and victories against privatization around the world.
14 April 2015
Participants of the 2015 Daegu Alternative World Water Forum
Global leaders from more than 100 countries gathered around tables and agreed on the necessity of concentrating global will to solve water-related challenges.
Ministers and heads of delegations yesterday adopted a ministerial declaration to advance water-related cooperation on a global scale in Daegu, South Korea’s southern city, where the 7th World Water Forum (WWF) is being held.
Pledging joint effort on the pending issues, delegates reaffirmed that water is the core of sustainable development in the world. According to the declaration, participants urged international society to focus its capacity on dedicated water goals and water-related targets in its “Post-2015 Development Agenda.”
In a bid to seek solutions, they supported the proposal to write “water” and “sanitary” issues into the agenda of World Summit on Sustainable Development as a key environmental issue, and committed to cooperate to ensure a successful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The participants stepped up their collaborations to focus the science and technology of developed countries towards promoting knowledge and expertise-sharing, and to plan to spread successful water resource management models across borders and barriers to support undeveloped countries that are experiencing water shortages. They also stressed the importance of the convergence of information and communications technologies (ICT) in smart water management, and welcomed the inauguration of the Science and Technology Process in the water forum led by the South Korean government.
The declaration suggested developing a friendly relationship between the interested parties of primary concerns including both advanced and developing countries, international organizations, and inter-governmental organizations. Especially for a public-private partnership, world leaders called for cooperation with the Global Green Growth Institute and the Green Climate Fund.
– See more at: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/10106/ministerial-declaration-100-global-leaders-agree-solve-global-water-related-problems#sthash.bYT7J7D0.dpuf
Representatives from many countries including Korean President Park Geun-hye (7th from left) attend the opening ceremony of the World Water Forum 2015 in Daegu. – See more at: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/10083/water-world-7th-world-water-forum-kicks-daegu#sthash.E0eyUFpW.dpuf
The 7th World Water Forum kicked off in Daegu on April 12 with an opening ceremony attended by 1,800 high-ranking international and domestic officials.
Under the slogan of “Water for Our Future,” the forum will take place until April 17 at the EXCO in Daegu and the HICO in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, with the core value of “Implementation.”
Held every three years by the World Water Council, the World Water Forum is the largest international event to discuss water-related issues that takes place around World Water Day on March 22.
This year, about 30,000 participants from 170 countries participated in the event, including leaders, high-ranking government officials, international organization officials, scholars, businessmen related to water, non-governmental organization activists, and citizens.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said that the forum will promote global peace by providing solutions to global crises that are water-related conflicts. “South Korea, as a part of the world’s only divided country, seeks to build a communication channel though this Water Forum by starting co-management of rivers passing through the South and the North,” she said. “We believe that our efforts both to ease the tension between the South and the North, which has made a crisis in Northeast Asia, and to take care of two-thirds of the world’s population living under water-stressed conditions will make ways to contribute to world peace.”
Park added, “It is urgent for us to move forward to a new era of peace and cooperation for our future by settling water-connected conflicts in this world. Both advanced and emerging countries should necessitate efforts to make water-related challenges an opportunity for economic growth of all global players.”
More than 400 sessions are scheduled to discuss water-related issues under four sections; thematic, political, science and technology, and regional processes.
The sessions of thematic and science and technology processes and the Water Expo will be held in Daegu, while the sessions of political and regional processes and the citizen’s forum will be held in Gyeongju.
A total of 135 sessions of thematic processes, which are the core processes of the World Water Forum, will take place under 16 themes, including climate change, natural disasters, and energy. Through a special session participated in by high-ranking officials, various water-related issues will be discussed, including measures to supply resources and the objectives of sustainable development.
The Water Expo is held in EXCO in Daegu, attended by 294 companies and institutions from 39 countries.
It will have various cultural events based on water, including a film festival, a photo exhibition, and a Hallyu concert to attract participation from not only water experts but also regular people. Also, it will introduce tourism programs in the region to foreign participants.
– See more at: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/10083/water-world-7th-world-water-forum-kicks-daegu#sthash.E0eyUFpW.dpuf
|The big event is nearly upon us, and we look forward to welcoming you all to Korea in just a few days.To help you get the most out of your 7th World Water Forum experience, please find here a link to dowload the program of key events to which the World Water Council would like to draw your attention. For more information, you may also wish to refer to the online Forum program, which can be found here.
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