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UN-Water's Technical Advice on a Possible Water Goal

"What should be water's role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda?" was one of the guiding questions in the one-year-long expert consultation process that UN-Water undertook in 2013 to help UN Member States in their forthcoming intergovernmental negotiations. The outcome - in the form of an evidence-based paper and an Executive Summary - recommends a prioritization of water through a dedicated goal with five interlinked targets that builds on and extends existing commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals and the priorities agreed at Rio+20. It is the first time that the UN system, through UN-Water, has come together to provide one consolidated advice to help Member States in the forthcoming negotiations of the the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Advice Presented at Side-event during the President of the General Assembly's Thematic Debate at UNHQ

On the occasion of the President of the General Assembly‚Äôs thematic debate on water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the post-2015 development agenda, UN-Water presents its technical advice for a dedicated global goal on water. The side event on Tuesday 18 February, will feature a video message from the UN-Water Chair and the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Michel Jarraud and interventions from the Chair of UN-Energy, Kandeh Yumkella (tbc), the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Interagency Affairs, UN DESA, Thomas Gass and the Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, Geeta Rao Gupta. Member States and Participants attending are invited to provide comments and feedback.

The Importance of a Consolidated Recommendation: Chair's Message

"It is uncontested that water is fundamental for human development, the environment and the economy," says the Chair of UN-Water in his video message for the presentation of UN-Water's technical advice on water's role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. At this critical juncture in history, it is of essence to define what should be the global priorities in the coming 10-15 years to eradicate poverty and at the same time ensure a sustainable future. "Prioritizing water leads to a future where we have healthy people, increased prosperity, equitable societies, protected ecosystems and resilient communities," the Chair says. Especially proud of the advice as a result of a joint effort from UN-Water's 31 Members from UN entities and 36 international Partners he insists on the fact that a consolidate recommendation serves to provide as much substantive advice as possible to Member States in view of the intergovernmental negotiations.

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UN-Water Newsletter February 2014

Last update:14 Feb 2014