Valuing Water – Regional Consultations

The UN Secretary-General and the World Bank Group President convened a High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) in January 2016. One of its aims is to develop a set of shared principles to motivate and encourage governments, business, and civil society to consider water’s multiple values and to guide the transparent incorporation of these values into decision-making. A concept paper, “Valuing water: preamble and principles”, was prepared as a discussion document for consultation with stakeholders. Because of its large and diverse multi-stakeholder network, Global Water Partnership (GWP) has been asked to facilitate regional consultations to support the work of the HLPW.

Purpose

The purpose of the regional consultations is to obtain views from a wide array of regional and country level stakeholders on the proposed HLPW Valuing Water principles.  These consultations will build awareness and examine the regional/country level relevance of global perspectives, and provide inputs, actions, and recommendations that will enhance resolutions from the HLPW.

The consultations include interactive discussions on the principles and feedback on action steps to take the principles forward. Participants represent diverse stakeholders, including NGOs/CSOs, indigenous peoples, faith-based groups, government, academia, women, youth, and private sector organisations, from the water sector as well as related sectors.

Scope

The consultations are taking place in selected countries and are facilitated by GWP. The list of countries where consultations are planned is given below, subject to change.

 

HLPW host country

Proposed date

South Africa

30 May

Mexico

to be determined

Senegal

2nd week of July

Tajikistan

6 July

Bangladesh

31 July

 

Background

To accelerate a change in the way governments, societies, and the business sector use and manage water, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim convened a High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) in January 2016. The HLPW aims to provide the leadership required to champion a comprehensive, inclusive, and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services. The members of the panel are of Heads of State from Australia, Bangladesh, Hungary, Jordan, Mauritius (co-chair), Mexico (co-chair), Netherlands, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, and Tajikistan.

A concept paper, “Valuing water: preamble and principles”, has been prepared as a discussion document for consultation with stakeholders. The paper builds on a dialogue process launched at The Hague. The first meeting on 2 February 2017 convened key experts and thought leaders who contributed to the draft. The document also draws on a wide range of key reports and documents prepared in the past 10-15 years, including a set of position papers on valuing the cultural, spiritual, and environmental dimensions of water as the basis for ecological and human well-being.

It is expected that a revised version of the concept paper will be presented at Stockholm World Water Week in August 2017. During the period of May-August 2017, the HLPW seeks reactions to the concept paper from a cross-section of stakeholders from various parts of the world.

GWP - a neutral multi stakeholder platform

GWP has considerable experience providing a neutral platform at national and regional levels where a diversity of actors can come together in dialogue. For example, in 2013-2014 GWP undertook an extensive series of 29 national consultations on the framing of a dedicated water goal as part of the post-2015 development agenda. The outputs of these consultations became a key input to the final advice provided by UN-Water to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development, as well as supporting national governments to negotiate specific sustainable development goals and targets.