UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue: Way Forward in the Sustainable Development Agenda

Wednesday 26 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL Auditorium

With an international consensus on the importance of water and sanitation for sustainable development, and with just a few weeks to go before the UN Summit in September in New York, UN-Water invites participants to a forward-looking dialogue on the how to realise the ambitious Post-2015 agenda for water and sanitation. The dialogue will start with a brief introduction to the Post-2015 process before it turns it focus to the means of implementation for Goal 6, i.e. exploring how the goal on water and sanitation can be reached. UN-Water will be in a position to share the latest news from the intergovernmental processes in New York including the outcomes from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July 2015. In the following panel debate, UN-Water Members and Partners, and other stakeholders, will share and discuss their views on the different aspects of Goal 6 means of implementation, highlighting opportunities and challenges. How will the water community work together to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all?


09.00    Welcoming remarks
Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Vice-Chair of UN-Water

09.05    Water and sanitation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Joakim Harlin, UNDP and Lis Mullin Bernhardt, UN-Water

09.20    Panel discussion on means of implementation for Goal 6, including questions and answers

Moderator Jack Moss, AquaFed 

•    Guy Hutton, World Bank Group
•    Jan Willem Rosenboom, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
•    Themba Gumbo, Cap-Net
•    Asma Bachikh, World Youth Parliament for Water
•    Catarina de Albuquerque, Sanitation and Water for All partnership
•    Representative from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
•    Bai-Mass Taal, African Ministers’ Council on Water

10.27    Closing remarks
Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, Vice-Chair of UN-Water


In view of the agreement on a Post-2015 Development Agenda different sectors need to coordinate actions to enable the realisation of the ambitious goal on sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.