The Water Scarcity Program (WSP) was developed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization with support from the Australian Government to support countries in Asia-Pacific in taking practical steps to address and manage water scarcity under rapid population growth and in a changing climate. The WSP specifically aims to provide technical and policy support to help countries ensure that agricultural water use is managed in a sustainable and productive manner under increasing water scarcity, thereby contributing to water security, food security, resilient rural livelihoods, and prosperity in across Asia-Pacific with an additional focus on achieving SDGs 2 and 6.
On Friday, 4 August 2023, the 4th from the Innovative Solution for Water Secure World and Sustainable Development series was held. the webinar raised a topic of "Learning Exchanges from the Contributors of Integrated Water Security Open Program: Safe Water Gardens".
14 August 2023, Global Water Partnership Southeast Asia and Safe Water Gardens were invited to learn about Coca Cola Euro Pacific’s sustainability initiative, “This is Forward on Water” for their Water Replenishment Program. The meeting was held to follow up the Innovative Solution for Water Security and Sustainable Development Webinar Series #4, featured Safe Water Gardens.
On Friday, 11 August 2023 the Regional Steering Committee meeting was held. 16 persons was involved in the discussion representing Regional Water Partnership, Country Water Partnerships, and GWP Organisation represented by a Senior Network Officer for Caribbean and Southeast Asia.
FAO for Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has led the implementation of Water Scarcity Program in several countries in Asia. Among the country that has already implemented or will be implemented in the region of Southeast Asia is in Indonesia and Thailand.
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The 2023 United Nations Water Conference was successfully held from 22-24 March 2023. The event was held at UN Headquarters in New York, co-hosted by the Governments of Tajikistan and the Netherlands, aimed to assess the progress of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028 and reaffirm water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The mission of the Global Water Partnership to support countries in the adoption and implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Agenda 6.5.1 to track the degree of IWRM. Thus, the global office and the regional secretariat of Southeast Asia participated in the main events, and side events (on-site and virtual events).
Every 22 March, the world celebrates World Water Day with this year theme focus on “Accelerating Change to Solve Water and Sanitation Crisis”. Since water affects us all, we have to response with immediate action, as access to clean and safe water and basic sanitation consider human rights, yet large part of the world population still does not have access to it.
The SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme assists governments in designing and implementing their responses to SDG indicator 6.5.1, the degree of implementation of IWRM, to accelerate progress towards the achievement of water-related SDGs and other development goals. This directly supports the official SDG monitoring and reporting processes, leading to measurable progress on the relevant SDG targets. The Support Programme is structured around 3 stages and offers also specific support on selected thematic priorities.