By Karin Lexén, Stockholm International Water Institute, writing in Outreach, the multi-stakeholder magazine from Stakeholder Forum:
“The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) shares the perspective of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); we must not lose sight of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We should move into 2015 with the seamless agility of relay team members, connecting backwards and propelling forwards at the same time. We believe that encouraging collective action through a single converged process is the key to creating the SDGs.
One of the most central themes on the agenda is that of water. This is due to its unbreakable link to almost every aspect of our existence on earth. Energy is another equally important theme, and in order to coordinate over the right water-energy related issues, it will be given special visibility on World Water Day and at the 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm.
The OWG noted in their most recent report that ‘Water scarcity and water variability…and therefore sustainable water management need to feature prominently in the post-2015 development agenda.’ They note that consultations to date show, ‘broad support for a dedicated water sustainable development goal.’ We believe that in order to secure a fair balance between the competing demands for water within global development frameworks a dedicated water goal is essential.”
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