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Data Drought: An Assessment of Global Water Monitoring Systems
Session includes: Scene-setting presentation on the gaps and opportunities; Case study where challenges are successfully addressed; Case study where challenges are not effectively addressed; Scenario-based roundtable discussions to push for creative problem solving; Summary and next steps panel discussion to synthesize results and actions; and Summary report for attendees.
Balancing competing interests and harnessing opportunities for better wastewater governance
Conflicting interests create challenges for managing and using wastewater. To protect the environment and public health, treatment is a priority, while for farmers and entrepreneurs water treatment means loss of nutrients and energy. This session will explore ways of navigating these conflicting interests from a policy and practical perspective.
Sustainable Withdrawals -- How Do You Know?
Water management agencies in Latin America and Africa will describe the practical and methodological difficulties they are addressing to develop accurate information on water availability and to determine the quantity, location and timing of sustainable withdrawals.
Monitoring transboundary water cooperation: how the dedicated SDG indicator helps
The event will analyze the experience of the baseline reporting on SDG indicator 6.5.2 dedicated to transboundary cooperation, undertaken in 2017. Aspects such as the methodology, the experience by countries in reporting, the presentation of the data and the use of its results to advance cooperation worldwide will be discussed.
Plastic soup and dead zones: Source prevention for cleaner seas
This event will present experiences and innovative approaches of source prevention to reduce marine pollution and litter, discuss opportunities and challenges to improve fresh- coastal and marine water quality as part of SDG implementation and identify how the international community can support such efforts.
Safely managed sanitation in small towns1: lessons from recent experiences
Small towns are crucial to meeting the sanitation SDGs, but face difficulties in developing technically, institutionally and financially viable services. This event will provide insights from experiences of small towns around the world, learning from successes and challenges on the way towards safely managed sanitation for all by 2030.
Towards universal access to drinking water in fragile contexts:DRC
The event focuses on good governance in the water sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a context specific methodology to advance long-term development while promoting access to safe and affordable drinking water in a country without a viable justice system, lack of security and weak institutional capacities.
Safely managed sanitation in small towns2: key challenges under scrutiny
Small towns are crucial to meeting the sanitation SDGs, but face difficulties in developing technically, institutionally and financially viable services. This event will facilitate an in-depth discussion about the challenges and ways forwards for small towns on their way towards safely managed sanitation for all by 2030.
The Groundwater Paradox: a hidden challenge for society
Although groundwater forms 96% of the most valuable resource, available freshwater, facts show that little information is available about this resource and consequently groundwater is poorly regulated and governed. The event aims at exploring sociological/psychological, financial and sector thinking reasons that explain this situation.
Toward Women-Inclusive Water Governance
The event will discuss how to assess the impact of women's involvement in water policy making and implementation, with the objective to learn from practical experiences and formulate policy recommendations on how to foster women-inclusive water governance.
Accountability in WASH: from emergency to development
From emergency to development, governments and development-partners face an accountability dilemma. Governments often lack the capacity to deliver services meeting users´ needs, yet delivering needed services through non-state actors can be at the expense of building citizen-state accountability. The event explores ways to reinforce domestic accountability for sustainable service delivery.
Increasing impact through donor-supported advocacy for Water Supply and Sanitation
The contribution that advocacy can make towards the achievement of SDG6 is not well understood. IRC, Water.org, IKEA Foundation and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will help attendees better understand how advocacy and policy shifts amplify changes at national and sub-national levels and demonstrate how advocacy can be monitored.
Religious jurisprudence related to reuse of water
In this sessions we wish to discuss and unpack the issue of religious jurisprudence, especially related to water and wastewater reuse, legal and human rights implications and finding better solutions to deal with this growing and ignored issue.
Water Security and Water Integrity challenges in the MENA region
This session will provide an overview of the status of water security in the MENA region, describe existing water-related challenges and outline emerging opportunities to achieve water security – in particular the governance challenge of water integrity, taking stock of efforts made, will be highlighted during the session.
MENA Focus: Investment potential in wastewater treatment and reuse
The event will take stock of the needs, efforts and challenges in MENA regarding financing wastewater treatment and reuse, as well as of best practices and lessons learnt. Input will be provided from countries and financiers. Benefits from synergies with the Nexus approach and national climate actions will be explored.
The Role of Green Infrastructure Investments in Meeting Global Commitments
This session will explore how targeted green infrastructure aimed at providing water-related benefits can also deliver cobenefits that help meet climate change, human development and biodiversity goals. Participants will engage in discussion on these connections and how to fill critical gaps in financing, governance and capacity building
Addressing conflict risks in climate adaptation and mitigation efforts
This event addresses how water-related climate adaptation and mitigation policies are linked with security and conflict risks. In an interactive session it discusses how policy makers could bolster synergies in implementing security, adaptation and development policies. Recent analysis on water and security risks at substate level will be presented.
Governing the Paracommons: the case of Palestinian Water
Why do we systematically misrepresent water in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? This panel addresses the issue via the novel concept of the paracommons, offering a crucial paradigmatic transformation in understanding water governance. Exploring the trajectories water can follow makes visible previously ignored interactions and disregarded consequences of water development projects.
Solving the plastic waste crisis in urban waterways
The panel discusses the challenges of waste and plastic pollution in urban canal and river systems and the benefits of collaboration between the waste and water sectors. The event explores circular economy approaches for an effective plastics system and biocycle. It also presents examples from developing and emerging countries.
Fully engaging the disenfranchised society in water governance
The event will gather public and private sector water and waste services-related decision-makers who are transforming the usual processes for developing strategies and business plans, in order to build in greater involvement of the disenfranchised segment of society early in the life cycle of projects.
Valuing Water - towards common principles and political enthusiasm
Valuing water is about making the various social, environmental and economic values of water explicit, to create a common language amongst water users in different sectors and places for improved decision making. This High Level Panel on Water workshop will discuss the complexities in light of reducing and reusing water.
Water security in fragile contexts
Untangling water insecurity’s role in contributing to political, social and environmental fragility is difficult, yet it is becoming a fundamental question for water policy given the scale of the fragility challenge. This session will explore ways in which water management and investments can promote stability and an escape from fragility
Scaling-Up Wastewater Treatment and Management From Source to Sea
The session will examine how the GEF has created enabling policy and institutional frameworks, partnerships and unique financing schemes to support sectoral transformation and the scale-up of good-practices managing wastewater. Examples showcasing source-to-sea management will include the Caribbean and Atlantic SIDS, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea-Danube region and global projects.
Water Stewardship - different ways but same objectives?
The session presents a shared vision on how water stewardship can contribute to water security, economic resilience and showcases where it has made an impact. Similarities and synergies between different initiatives are showcased and mechanisms for further alignment and collaboration is discussed with a view towards scaling up the impact.
Open government and water: a new water governance paradigm
The event aims to generate interest by discussing the experience of different Latin American governments or civil society representatives on co-creating and implementing national action plans within the OGP to ensure water challenges are taken into account in the public policy-making process, so to provide better water services for all,
SDG6: Searching for universal sustainability metrics for rural water services
Join this interactive RWSN session to debate the measurement of rural water service sustainability. Can we agree on a core indicators that encourage learning, and incentivise better service reliability and water safety? Can wecombine experiences from water point mapping and small town benchmarking to define unifying metrics and encourage adoption?
Bioenergy, water and SDG implementation: Experiences and linkages
The event addresses positive bioenergy and water linkages. Concrete examples will be presented and discussed and experiences will be shared from activities adressing SDGs implementation and bioenergy/water, with a focus on policies and tools to realize synergies between sustainable bioenergy implementation and sustainable water resource management.
Sanitation in Europe: From access to pollution reduction and reuse
The event provides an overview of sanitation challenges throughout the pan-European region, reflects on the knowledge gaps and highlights how these are addressed by the work under the UNECE/WHO Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health, expanding upon equitable access, institutional sanitation, small-scale systems, and pollution prevention.
Don’t neglect maintainers: Don’t waste investments for WASH in schools
WASH in Schools (WinS) is directly linked to three SDGs and included in an indicator of the education goal. This seminar focuses on the key success factors for improving management and O&M of WinS, in its multi-faceted stakeholder setting, comparing innovative approaches, but always placing the caretaker at the centre.
Public Private Partnerships in urban sanitation: Why, when, how
This side event will bring together diverse stakeholders in urban sanitation – including public authorities, sanitation businesses, WASH-implementing organisations, and donors – to explore the ingredients required to develop effective public private partnerships across the sanitation chain.
Providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities
Through a lively interactive session, concrete examples to determine the current status of WASH in HCFs and specific efforts to address this issue involving governments, foundations, NGOs, and the private sector, will be provided.
Six critical components for SDG 6.3: Does your country count?
Achieving SDG 6 and target 6.3 will require fast and effective national policy adjustments and multi-sectoral decision making. This event will show national Governments and their partners how they may realign policy frameworks to accelerate progress against target 6.3 by collaborating around and building evidence for six policy-critical components.