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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.
Accelerating actions for Water & Disasters in the next Decade
In parallel with the UN/international process to discuss the actions for water and disasters in the framework of the International Decade for Action, "Water for Sustainable Development", the event will be the opportunity for stakeholders to express their views on priority actions for water and disasters in the next decade.
Falkenmark Symposium - Achieving SDG in Africa: scaling green-blue revolution
A wise management of green water resources in arid and semi-arid regions in Africa with booming populations is paramount for acheving the Global Goal to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition. The aim of the symposium is to set the Call for an African Water Revolution into motion.
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.
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.
Chain-reaction: making corporate supply-chains work for WASH and the SDGs
This session will share analysis, case studies and strategy for effective action on WASH and faecal waste management within corporate supply chains where one in five people work. Progressive action at this scale will benefit workers, communities, business and the environment, and make a major contribution to the SDGs.
From Global Policy to Local Project: Managing Water through NDCs
Water management decisions are being reshaped by the UNFCCC Paris Agreement’s country-level goals. However, most climate actions will not be led at a national level but through many other actors, such as cities and civil society. How do we reconcile local, national, and global mitigation and adaptation goals?
Implementation-monitoring of Human Rights to Water and Sanitation and SDG6
Join this dynamic-exchange of practical experiences on the implementation of the Human Rights to water and sanitation and SDG6 monitoring. This event will gather development partners, including regional bodies (IDB, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights), civil society (ONGAWA, WaterLex), agencies (AECID, COSUDE) and governments around HRWS and SDG6.
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.
Protection of the Sacred: Wastewater management and Indigenous Realities
What are the implications of water and wastewater management on indigenous cultures and survival? Many indigenous peoples hold a holistic worldview on water but face injustices regarding water pollution, especially women. How to ensure indigenous peoples participate in decision-making, and designing of solutions? Making space for indigenous voices on water/wastewater.
Reaching Millions - future capacity development for the sanitation sector
This seminar aims to share experience on new eLearning solutions for sanitation, ranging from MOOCs, small private online courses (SPOCs) or blended learning formats combining distance learning and live teaching. In a world café format, participants will discuss the potentials and limitations in reaching sanitation and water professionals through eLearning.
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.
Is wastewater a She? Linking SDG6.3 (wastewater) and SDG5 (gender)
No SDG 6 without SDG 5! The lack of wastewater treatment is not gender neutral. Sustainable wastewater services need to focus on women’s involvement – as consulted customers and as wastewater professionals. Participants will discuss the challenges that women face and good policies and practices that can address them.
Operationalizing Citywide Inclusive Sanitation: right tools? right use?
The event will: (i) provide an overview of the variety of existing urban sanitation planning/design tools; (ii) compare their compatibility/complementarity and identify any important gaps; (iii) discuss a better alignment of those developing/disseminating the tools; and (iv) discuss the tools’ effective use and feedback mechanisms to measure/improve their use.
The Roundtable on financing water
The event will host an interactive discussion with financiers on innovative financial solutions, with illustrations for wastewater and sanitation: How to turn robust pathways of investments into bankable options for investors? How to blend different sources of finance? How to package investments into arrangements that generate market-rate returns?
Call to Action: Radically Shifting Mindsets for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation
The session will: (i) present the ongoing and planned activities by a coalition of partners under the banner of the Call to Action for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation; (ii) discuss practical commitments from current and potential coalition members under the initiative; and (iii) consult on a strategy for reaching non-sanitation stakeholders.
UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue
This event will collect information, suggestions and stakeholder experience to feed into the production of the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation (planned publication date: May 2018). The report will provide input to the SDG 6 in-depth review of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (mid-2018).
Water Pricing: Finding the right price in developing countries
If success of SDG 6.1 is to be achieved, the affordability of safe water must be considered as important as the water itself. This event will reveal a path to sustainable solutions through identifying the right price point for drinking water in rural communities in the developing world.
EYE ON LAC:Before/after the toilet-Sewer connectivity and fecal-sludge management
Latin America has agreed to work towards adequate sanitation by 2030. This goal cannot be achieved if people don’t connect to sewer networks and fecal sludge is not properly managed. This seminar will focus on identifying strategies to promote connectivity and find solutions to the FSM challenges the region faces.
From data to decision: monitoring water quality at scale
WHO, UNICEF, The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, and Akvo will share their different perspectives and experiences to explore approaches to monitoring water quality at scale for SDG6. This interactive event will include an audience discussion about different methods and the process of getting from data to decision.
The Africa EU Water Partnership Project: Unlocking investments through development
The Africa EU Water Partnership Project (AEWPP) aims at significantly improving the financial viability and development impacts of water infrastructure projects. This event will showcase the AEWPP’s approach and its joint efforts with development banks, project preparation facilities, and civil society organizations to unlock capital-flow for water infrastructure in Africa.
WASH4Work: Mobilizing Business Action on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Through case examples and interactive multi-stakeholder discussion, participants will identify necessary actions to create an enabling environment designed to catalyze business actions on WASH in the workplace, across their supply chains, and in communities, particularly looking at the connection between core business activities (including water and waste management) and WASH.
Gender and Water: Synergistic interactions in a complex relationship
The event will use a paper produced by the World Bank as background document to frame the discussion & unpack the complexity and synergistic interactions of gender & water. A Davos-style panel of experts from Sida, World Bank, WIEGO & government will be moderated by John Sibi-Okumo.
Safe Water Enterprises: the opportunity to reach a billion people?
Safe water enterprises can play a larger role in providing clean drinking water globally according to the findings of a new, in-depth study. The session will help governments, aid agencies, impact investors, NGOs, the private sector understand this untapped potential and offer avenues to collaborate in national and global initiatives.
Lessons from the 2017 Integrated Baseline Process for SDG6 Monitoring
This event will provide selected countries and supporting agencies the opportunity to share their experiences from the 2017 integrated baseline process for SDG 6 monitoring, to identify key opportunities and challenges for national implementation, and to stimulate the participation of other countries and organisations in the process.
Join us on the road to Brasilia 2018
During this event, the co-organizers of the 8th World Water Forums will present the outcomes of the 2nd Stakeholder Consultation Meeting. The Forum’s preparatory processes will be reviewed, with particular attention on how all stakeholders can contribute and engage. The event will conclude following an open question and answer session.
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,
Ecosystems, water, and health: The multiple dimensions of natural infrastructure
The water sector is embracing green infrastructure, but this is not yet mainstreamed, best practice. Green infrastructure projects have not taken full advantage of their potential to generate multiple benefits. How do we create the technical / policy shifts needed to mainstream green infrastructure for water, ecosystem, and health benefits?
NDC Explorer: Water in 163 Climate Plans and Selected Cases
Thursday 14:00 - 14:45
The event explores the role of water in 163 national climate action plans submitted to the UNFCCC and their potential contributions to simultaneously achieving SDG 6 and SDG 13 at global level as well as experiences with increasing coherence between climate and water agendas in Sweden, Kenya and Morocco.
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.
Sustainable Water Partnership: Delivering Stability and Benefits through Water Security
Water security has emerged as a core social and economic development area over the last five years. This session will present a new stakeholder driven water security planning and decision process developed by the Sustainable Waters Partnership and USAID.