Water must be 'special focus' of UN's post-2015 development agenda

The water community has called for the United Nations to put special emphasis on water when it considers the post-2015 global development agenda.

In a statement generated from an open and inclusive consultation process before and during World Water Week, respondents agreed that the UN agenda must include a dedicated goal on water.

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) presented the statement, known as the Stockholm Statement, during the closing ceremony of World Water Week today.

The Stockholm Statement says that water, given its centrality to individuals, ecosystems and economic development, sits at the very core of sustainable global development. Therefore, "a dedicated goal on water is necessary for a world where all people can live in safety and dignity".

By the year 2030 the world must have achieved a doubling of global water productivity, a realisation of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and increased resilience to water-related disasters, stresses SIWI.

SIWI executive director Torgny Holmgren said: "A great collaborative effort before and during the World Water Week has resulted in a forward-looking document on the role we believe water must have in shaping the future development agenda for our globe. It is an expression of the high level of expertise and dedication I see all around me in the water community".

Leigh Stringer


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