The main results of the Assembly of Partners are:
1. The Cotonou Declaration launched to obtain a water dedicated goal with specific targets in the post 2015 agenda and to obtain a component on adaptation in the Agreement resulting from the COP 21, including a substantial Water dimension and the necessary funding. This call to action is addressed to the various actors in the water sector and sustainable development in general;
2. The appeal of Cotonou for a better consideration of water by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In this call "the main water stakeholders of the West African region are calling on ECOWAS to pay more attention to the issue of water by allocating the appropriate human, financial and material means to deal with the numerous sectoral challenges including water, sanitation, food and energy security, adaptation to climate change, the preservation of ecosystems ";
3. The animation of four panel discussions on the role of networks in sustainable development:
- Panel 1: The role of networks in the post-crisis reconstruction;
- Panel 2: The role of networks in the global dialogue for sustainable development;
- Panel 3: The role of youth in development;
- Panel 4: Role of networks for improved sustainable management of natural resources.
The discussions were very rich, rewarding and the main results of these panel discussions will be included in a framework document for action to be transmitted to different regional actors.
Synthesis of Panel discussions
Panel 1: The role of networks in the post-crisis reconstruction
Experiences shared within the panel 1 shows that the post crisis and disaster situations should not only be addressed in terms of Reconstruction but also Recovery. Recovery considers the stabilisation and rehabilitation in order to restore the affected to psychological and social normalcy. Reconstruction and recovery actions should be addressed at all levels i.e. individual, community, basin, governmental, and national levels
Managing the consequences of natural or human disasters involves several institutions and it is therefore always necessary to identify both the real beneficiaries of the recovery measures, stakeholder groups that respond immediately in an organized way to victims. The role of networks could be in the development of strategies on information generation, availability and dissemination for key decision making and actions. The networks could also have a role in building the capacities of communities to be better prepared to respond to disasters and crisis and the creation of awareness of the affected to prevent or mitigate the effects of crisis and disasters.
In this context all actors have a role to play and no actor should act alone, hence the need to establish a strong strategic partnership, after any disaster for better impact interventions through coordination.
Panel 2: The role of networks in the global dialogue on Sustainable Development
As part of the panel 2 on the role of networks in the global dialogue it was noted that the negotiating process of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is currently underway. There are no reliable indicators on water and the importance of data and the provision of information was noted. The countries do not have sufficient data and networks should be able to contribute in obtaining these data. The skills of all network members are important, so there is a need for actors to work vertically and horizontally. The post-2015 agenda should not only be a communication goal. A major task should be for the definition of relevant indicators before March 2016.
The discussions of the panel noted the need to work with delegates to the negotiations so that each country is committed to the vote of the water goal. It is necessary that the water stakeholders work together but they need to open up to other actors working in other fields. The Cotonou Declaration for a water dedicated Goal with specific targets in the post 2015 agenda and obtaining a component on adaptation in the Agreement resulting from the COP 21, including a substantial Water dimension and the necessary funding.
Panel 3: The role of youth in development
For panel 3 on the role of youth in sustainable development, the panelists defined sustainable development before addressing the desire of young people to contribute to development despite all kinds of challenges they face as young people. They noted the support they receive from the GWP as part of the development and implementation of water development projects. Young people wish to accompany the decision makers in the fight against climate change and be catalyzers of change in the field of water in the context of the post 2015 agenda since the youth constitutes the largest segment of the global population. The young parliamentarians with women must walk together (women, girls, boys, men) towards the same objectives in the fight against the adverse effects of climate change and achieve water security. A focus should be on rural women with a lot of water availability problem for domestic needs.
Panel 4: Role of networks for improved sustainable management of natural resources
Under panel 4 on the role of networks in the sustainable management of natural resources, panelists pointed out a number of things. Low mobilization of investments is noted for development in watersheds featuring basin organization. There are still significant difficulties in data collection, exploitation and dissemination by the observatories of basin organizations. Cash flow of water partnerships and basin organizations can be strengthened through better use of community levies and payments of charges on environmental services at the national level. GWP must change discourse and address current issues in order to attract both new members and funding. This is possible if the consideration of global change is effective.