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High-Level Consultation on Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

21-22 March 2013 | The Hague, Netherlands
Highlights for Thursday, 21 March 2013
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The High-Level Consultation on Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda opened on Thursday, 21 March, with a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Water in the Post-2015 Agenda: Presentation and Discussion of the Results of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water, hosted by the Netherlands. HRH Willem-Alexander, The Prince of Orange, the Netherlands and Chair, UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Chair, High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, opened the dialogue. The main outcomes of the Thematic Consultations on Water, under the streams of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Water Resources Management (WRM), and Wastewater Management and Water Quality (WWMWQ) were then briefly presented.

The process then broke into roundtables for discussions on the draft “Advanced Summary of Synthesis Report” of the Post-2015 Water Thematic Consultation and the draft “Wake Up Call,” developed through a Dutch initiative. The morning roundtable discussed the interlinkages between water and poverty reduction and sustainability. The afternoon roundtable focused on water, development and inclusive finance for WASH, WRM and WWMWQ. Outcomes of these roundtables were then fed back the Outcome Document for the Post-2015 Water Thematic Consultation, as well as into the Dutch "Wake-Up Call on Water," which was presented at the end of the day by Youth.

View of the World Forum, venue of the meeting
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and H.R.H. the Prince of Orange, Crown Prince of the Netherlands and Chair of UNSGAB, arriving to the meeting.
Opening Session
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Todoroki Wadaiko, Japanese drums, Germany, opened the meeting.
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From L-R: Moderators Paul Hohnen, Brigitte van Baren and Ama van Dantzig
H.R.H. the Prince of Orange, Crown Prince of the Netherlands and Chair of UNSGAB
Moderator Paul Hohnen
Moderator Ama van Dantzig
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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia
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Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands
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Room view during the opening session.
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From L-R: Bert Diphoorn, Director for Human Settlements and Financing Division of UN-Habitat; Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs (UNICEF); Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); and Moderator Paul Hohnen
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Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary, UNECE answering a question posed by Moderator Paul Hohnen.
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Bernard Wientjes, President, Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers
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Kitty van der Heijden, Ambassador for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Round Table Dialogues
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Lindar Otieno, Kenyatta University, Kenya
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Francesca Bernardini, UNECE
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Patrick Nickisch, United Religions Initiative
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Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of the Republic, South Africa
 Patti Londoño, Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Colombia
Nafisa Barot, Director of Utthan, India
Musical performance by Neda Boin and Dr Rum during the break between Round Table Dialogues.
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Onno Ruding, the Netherlands
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Roy Torkelson, United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation
Blue Passports Presentation
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Maggie White, Associate Secretary General of International Secretariat for Water, Canada
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Blue Passport presentation
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Babar Kabir, Bangladesh, receiving his Blue Passport.
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Berenice Danae Espinoza, Mexico, receiving her Blue Passport.
Presentation of the Wake up Call on Water
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Cecilia Scharp, UNICEF
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Kitty van der Heijden, Ambassador for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands, presenting the "Wake up Call on Water".
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Members of the Todoroki Wadaiko, Japanese drums, Germany, closed the session.
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Neda Boin, closed the session.
Reception at the Peace Palace
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Around the Venue
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Funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
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Session resources

*Post 2015 Water Thematic Consultation

*Agenda Day 1

*Agenda Day 2

*UN World Water Day 2013

IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Leadership Meeting on Environmental Sustainability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 18-19 March 2013, San José, Costa Rica

*IISD RS coverage of the High-Level Meeting of the Global Thematic Consultation on Conflict, Violence and Disaster in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 13 March 2013, Helsinki, Finland

*IISD RS summary report of the Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics in the Context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 12-13 March 2013, Dhaka, Bangladesh (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the Final Meeting of the Post-2015 Thematic Consultation on Governance, 28 February - 1 March 2013, Midrand, South Africa (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management and Water Quality, 27-28 February 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS summary report of the Public Dialogue and Leadership Meeting on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 18-19 February 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark (HTML - PDF)

*Water-L - A news and announcement list on water policy issues

*Water Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities

*SDG - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda

*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities
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