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Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management and Water Quality

27-28 February 2013 | Geneva, Switzerland
Highlights for Wednesday, 27 February 2013
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Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water
The meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management and Water Quality convened on 27 February 2013, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting, sponsored by the Government of Switzerland, is part of the Thematic Consultation on Water, coordinated by UN-Water, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The meeting focused on two of the three streams of discussion under the Thematic Consultation: Water Resources Management (WRM), facilitated by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); and Wastewater Management and Water Quality (WWMWQ), facilitated by UN-Habitat/Aquafed.

Following the opening ceremony, the meeting convened panel sessions on WRM and WWMWQ, which presented the main messages of the web consultations on these themes and commented on the issues raised, the gaps and possible implications for the way forward. During the afternoon, participants split into eight discussion groups addressing the key priority issues that should be included in a post-2015 development agenda, which then reported back to plenary, identifying key issues.
The “Broken Chair” sculpture with the Palais des Nations in the background.
The Celestial Sphere Woodrow Wilson Memorial
The “Broken Chair” sculpture with the Palais des Nations in the background.
Room view during the opening of the meeting
Opening Ceremony
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Panel L-R: Bert Diphoorn, Director, Human Settlements and Financing Division, UN-Habitat; George Yarngo, Assistant Minister of Public Works, Liberia; Michel Jarraud, Chair, UN-Water, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Michael Gerber, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation; Martin Dahinden, Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation; Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization (WHO); and Maarten Gischler, Deputy Head, Water and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
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Bert Diphoorn, Director, Human Settlements and Financing Division, UN-Habitat
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Martin Dahinden, Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation
Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary, UNECE
Michael Gerber, Ambassador, Special Representative, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation
Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and Environment, WHO
George Yarngo, Assistant Minister of Public Works, Liberia
Chair Michel Jarraud, UN-Water, Secretary-General, WMO
Maarten Gischler, Deputy Head, Water and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
First Panel: Water Resources Management
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Panel L-R: Ruth Beukman, Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership (GWP), Southern Africa Regional Partnership; Gábor Baranyai, Deputy State Secretary for EU Sectoral Policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary; Anada Tiéga, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Sibylle Vermont, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment; François Münger, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Michael Glantz, Director, Consortium for Capacity Building, University of Colorado; Joppe Cramwinckel, Director for Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); and Peter McCornick, Deputy Director General for Research, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
François Münger, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Michael Glantz, Director, Consortium for Capacity Building, University of Colorado
Logo symbolizing international cooperation on water developed by the Swiss government
Gábor Baranyai, Deputy State Secretary for EU Sectoral Policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary
Anada Tiéga, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Joppe Cramwinckel, Director for Water, WBCSD
Ruth Beukman, Executive Secretary, GWP, Southern Africa Regional Partnership
Sibylle Vermont, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment
Peter McCornick, Deputy Director General for Research, IWMI
Second Panel: Wastewater Management and Water Quality
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Panel L-R: Anthony Cox, Head of Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Gérard Payen, President, AquaFed; Sibylle Vermont, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment; François Münger, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Katharine Cross, International Water Association (IWA); Vincent Sweeney, Coordinator, Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA), UN Environment Programme (UNEP); and Graham Alabaster, Chief, Waste Management and Sanitation, Urban Basic Services Branch, UN-Habitat
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Vincent Sweeney, Coordinator, GPA, UNEP
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Anthony Cox, Head of Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division, Environment Directorate, OECD
Graham Alabaster, Chief, Waste Management and Sanitation, Urban Basic Services Branch, UN-Habitat
Katharine Cross, IWA
Gérard Payen, President, AquaFed
High-level interventions from the floor
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Kedebe Gerba Gemosa, Minister of Water and Energy, Ethiopia
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Khaled Fahmy, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Egypt
Sarah Ochekpe, Minister of Water Resources, Nigeria
Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives
Sulton Rahimov, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Melioration and Water Resources, Tajikistan
Highlights for Thursday, 28 February 2013

The Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management and Water Quality continued on 28 February 2013, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting, sponsored by the Government of Switzerland, is part of the Thematic Consultation on Water, coordinated by UN-Water, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The meeting focused on two of the three streams of discussion under the Thematic Consultation: Water Resources Management (WRM), facilitated by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); and Wastewater Management and Water Quality (WWMWQ), facilitated by UN-Habitat/AquaFed.

In the morning, participants split into six groups on: pollution, protection, water quality and ecosystems; resilience and climate change; transboundary cooperation; balancing uses and allocation; efficiency and reuse; and governance. These groups spent the morning discussing three questions: what should be the future objectives to address the key water-related issue in a post-2015 development agenda; what actions should be taken to achieve these objectives and can success be measured; and how are such objectives linked to other themes of the global thematic consultation? In the afternoon, rapporteurs reported on the results of the group discussions, followed by a question and answer session and general debate. The meeting concluded at 5:34 pm.

The IISD-RS Summary Report of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation will be available at this site on 3 March 2013.

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Panel L-R: Anthony Cox, Head of Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Gérard Payen, President, AquaFed; Sibylle Vermont, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment; François Münger, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Katharine Cross, International Water Association (IWA); Vincent Sweeney, Coordinator, Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA), UN Environment Programme (UNEP); and Graham Alabaster, Chief, Waste Management and Sanitation, Urban Basic Services Branch, UN-Habitat
Discussion Groups
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Discussion Group on Balancing Uses and Allocation
 
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Discussion Group on Governance
 
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Discussion Group on Efficiency and Reuse
 
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Discussion Group on Pollution, Protection, Water Quality and Ecosystems
 
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Discussion Group on Resilience and Climate Change
 
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Discussion Group on Transboundary Cooperation
 
Closing Session
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François Münger, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
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Carlos Ortuño Yañez, Vice-Minister of Water Resources, Bolivia
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George Yarngo, Assistant Minister of Public Works, Liberia
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Maarten Gischler, Deputy Head, Water and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
SDC
Related Links
Consultation resources
*Consultation website and documents
*Consultation agenda
*Consultation information note
*The Post-2015 Water Thematic Consultation

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 18-19 February 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark
*POST2015-L - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda
*Water Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Addressing Sustainable Water and Sanitation
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Contributing to International Sustainable Development
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