Read below the introduction to Cooperation for a Waterwise World – Partnerships for Sustainable Development, from the Stockholm International Water Institute.
“In a changing and increasingly uncertain world it has become even clearer that we all depend on the same finite and vulnerable water resources to sustain life and well-being on our planet. In parallel, our interdependence grows every day as population numbers soar towards the predicted milestone of over 9 billion citizens by 2050. With so many of us, and with limited water available, to ensure a sustainable future we must become smarter at using, consuming and cooperating over this precious resource.
Three years ago, the UN General Assembly declared 2013 to be the International Year of Water Cooperation. As such, water cooperation was selected to be the topic of this year’s World Water Week. As outlined in the Thematic Scope for the Week, the proceedings will address key aspects relating to cooperation, including the impact of cooperation at different levels, between sectors and among actors. We intend to inspire participants from different communities across the world to engage, discuss and develop solutions to the multi-sectoral challenges posed in achieving water cooperation.
A major challenge to the international community is to reach agreement on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. SIWI is involved in the discussions over the assessment of the Millennium Development Goals, the follow up of the “Rio+20” conference in 2012 and future Sustainable Development Goals. This challenge is in itself an important area for cooperation between nations as well as across different disciplines and actors. It is also a critical opportunity to achieve concrete and forward-looking decisions on common global goals and to implement necessary means to achieve sustainable development. Therefore, the Post-2015 Development Agenda is an important theme during World Water Week 2013. The World Water Week will offer the participants an opportunity to voice a common message through the Stockholm Statement. Designed to elevate the status of water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Stockholm Statement will be submitted to the UN General Assembly in September. In June the Stockholm Statement Digital Forum, a collaborative online platform for the exchange of ideas, was launched as a tool to receive input from a wide range of stakeholders.
The results from this online collaborative forum will be presented at this year’s World Water Week before submission to the UN General Assembly. In SIWI’s capacity as a neutral, collaborative institute that connects science and policy, we have actively advocated for a Sustainable Development Goal on water throughout this process.”
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