The High Level Session (HLS) is an unmatched regional event, being the only meeting of Caribbean Water Ministers to date. The HLS affords Ministers and senior officials involved in water resources management a unique opportunity to share experiences and ideas for addressing water issues affecting the region and individual countries.
The Ministerial Forum is a joint initiative of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) and its partner, the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) which began in 2005 as a session within the CWWA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition.
Both CWWA and GWP-C saw the HLS as a proactive approach to addressing the water resources management problems in the Caribbean in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Moreover, it is a means of bringing Ministers and policy-makers together to engage in discussions on critical issues on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and to provide the necessary technical information to support decision-making and the development and implementation of regional approaches/policies for water sector management.
High Level Session Overview (2005 - 2013)
HLS 1 (Barbados) - IWRM and Effective Water Governance
HLS 2 (Tobago) - Challenges and Opportunities in IWRM in the Caribbean
HLS 3 (St. Kitts) - IWRM Planning and Policies in the Caribbean
HLS 4 (Jamaica) - Water Financing
HLS 5 (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.) - Building a Water Secure Region: A Caribbean Response
HLS 6 (Grenada) - Water Crisis in the Caribbean: The IWRM Response
HLS 7 (Guadeloupe) - Water Management Financing in the Caribbean: Pricing, Efficiency, Equity and Sustainability
HLS 8 (The Bahamas) - The Water and Energy Nexus in Caribbean Development
HLS 9 (Barbados) - Water and Sanitation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Addressing Wastewater Policy and Financial Challenges in the Caribbean
Key outcomes from past High Level Sessions
- At HLS 5, three Caribbean Ministers with responsibility for water from Guyana, Nevis and Grenada, endorsed a proposal to include water resources management as a key sector to be addressed at the highest political level in the Caribbean region.
- HLS 6 helped to encourage some Caribbean countries to work toward developing Drought Management Plans to be incorporated into their overall Water Resources Management planning.
- At HLS 7, five Caribbean Ministers of Water from Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Kitts, endorsed key recommendations for better water management in the region. A Decision Paper with these recommendations was signed by the five Ministers.
- At HLS 8, nine Caribbean Ministers with responsibility for water resources management including 2 Deputy Prime Ministers, committed themselves to addressing regional water security and building climate resilience in the Caribbean. The Ministers present at the Forum from The Bahamas, Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Nevis, St. Kitts, Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines signed a declaration which recognises that high level political leadership is key for meeting water security and climate change challenges faced by Caribbean countries.
- At HLS 9, five (5) Caribbean Ministers with responsibility for water resources management from Barbados, Anguilla, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Nevis and the Turks and Caicos Islands, and five (5) senior ministerial/ government representatives from Saint Kitts, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe and Belize have endorsed recommendations for placing greater value on wastewater in the region and its role in the holistic management of water in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
10th Annual High Level Session Ministerial Forum - (October 9 & 10, 2014 in The Bahamas)
The Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) and the Global Environment Facility’s Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (GEF-CReW) are collaborating to host the 10th Annual High Level Session (HLS) Ministerial Forum in The Bahamas on October 9th and 10th, 2014. The theme of this year’s HLS is “Caribbean Water Security – Risks and Opportunities.” Read more here.
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