How was the consultation for the technical advice carried out?
The technical advice paper is the result of a broad consultation process among UN-Water Members and Partners, as well as a range of other stakeholders.
The paper draws upon multiple sources including, but not limited to UN-Water efforts to inform the Rio+20 conference including flagship publications such as the World Water Development Report, The global annual assessment of sanitation and drinking-water (GLAAS) report, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme report and the Status Report on Water Resources Management, the global thematic consultations on water including country consultations in 22 countries to solicit stakeholder inputs on the role of water in the future development agenda, the reports of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the UN Development Group (UNDG), the Budapest Water Summit and the discussions on water and sanitation by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG).
In early 2013, UN-Water (31 UN-Agencies and 36 partner organizations) established a working group tasked to coordinate the preparation of a paper providing UN-Water members and partners’ joint findings and recommendations on a post-2015 global goal for water. The working group presented an issues brief on water and sanitation at the 3rd session of the Open Working Group in May 2013. At this session, a keynote speech was delivered by UN Water Chair Michel Jarraud.
Thereafter input papers on sub-topics such as water supply and sanitation, water resources management, waste water and water quality were prepared. For the World Water Week in Stockholm in August 2013, a first full draft paper was written. This was presented and discussed in several sessions. This was followed by several rounds of review, consultations and comments including the Budapest Water Summit and a side-event at the 6th session of the Open Working Group. In December 2013, a two day workshop with all of UN-Water’s member and partners was held in Geneva to agree on the finalization of the paper which saw the inclusion of water governance and water-related disaster elements. The final draft was approved in January 2014 at the UN-Water meeting held in New York.
The UN-Water SDG working group, which is still active, currently comprises the following members and alternates:
- Joakim Harlin (UNDP/ Working Group coordinator)
- Cecilia Scharp / Sanjay Wijesekera (UNICEF/Thematic Area WASH)
- Thomas Chiramba/Peter Koefoed-Bjornsen (UNEP/Thematic Area Water Resources Management)
- Alan Hall (GWP/Thematic area Water Governance)
- Anthony Cox (OECD/Thematic Area Wastewater)
- Bruce Stewart (WMO/Thematic Area Water-Related Disasters)
- Jack Moss (Aquafed/UN-Water Partners)
- Michela Miletto/ Engin Koncagul (UN-Water Task Force on indicators, monitoring & reporting)
- Ndey-Isatou Njie, Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Federico Properzi, Florence Poppe (UN-Water Management Team)
Thanks are due to the earlier working group members Bert Diphoorn (UN-Habitat) and Olcay Unver (WWAP) for their contributions.