|5 months 2 weeks||
Dear all, global access to safe water and development are intimately linked. Water governance is the set of rules, practices, and processes through which decisions for the management of water resources and services are taken and implemented, and decision-makers are held accountable.Only 15 States in the world (Burkina Faso, Tunisia, South Africa, Colombia, DRC, Gambia, Uganda, Panama, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Ecuador, Maldives, Bolivia and Slovenia) have listed the right to drinking water in Their Constitution. Nothing will change radically in this area until the necessary political choices are made. References: The OECD Water Governance Principles (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) provide the 12 must-do for governments to design and implement effective, efficient, and inclusive water policies in a shared responsibility with the broader range of stakeholders. They were developed using a multi-stakeholder approach within the OECD Water Governance Initiative, and backed by Ministers at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting on 4 June 2015.Since their adoption, the Principles have been endorsed by 42 countries and 140+ major stakeholder groups. The first 65 signatures from public, private and non-profit organizations were gathered at the 7th World Water Forum in April 2015 in Korea through the Daegu Declaration.
|9 months 3 weeks||
The water legislation challenges for sustainable development.Two links from E-room People about the problem of the sovereign and exclusive water competence of local authorities and the governments' commitment to access to water.
My best regards.
|10 months 1 day||
This topic also matches with the Development discussion group.
The problem of the sovereign and exclusive competence of local authorities and the implementation of access to water:
The water resources of these authorities remain in this instance within the scope of territorial sovereignty. If there is no commitment by local executive bodies in this respect, water is hence a vital element that is legally inaccessible. In the model described, the insecurity related to basic needs of access to water (development projects, water supply demands) becomes a conflictual problem which cannot be resolved.
A number of governments have no constitutional capacity to intervene.
How governments can face with the urgency of new environmental issues? (Cop 21…)
Good practices: Stakeholder engagement:
Stakeholder involvement provides an opportunity to be part of the solution, share views and priorities, and help prevent or resolve conflicts over water use. Several barriers hinder stakeholder participation in the field. The most frequently identified challenges include the lack of clarity on the intended use of stakeholder inputs in the decision-making and implementation process, the lack of local political will as the repository of the ultimate decision-making, weak legal frameworks (ref: OECD).
By transposing the right to water into law, or constitution, making it effective and enforceable or the creation of a conciliation proceeding, open to the stakeholder and under government control, would usefully complement the effective implementation of the human right to drinking water. The final obstacles would be removed and an end put to a chaotic situation regarding both water and law for which no answer has yet been found. If this solution were validated, it would be of considerable advantage to local authorities, an incentive for politicians to take a more positive attitude to a new water policy for the benefit of the majority and obviate for good the constant dysfunction in the use of this resource where exclusion would no longer be the rule.
My best regards for all
|9 months 4 weeks||
Ref: A plea for the effective recognition of the right to safe water.
Thank you for your reply and for the team's work.
c) Effective governance: Enhanced political decisions, stakeholder participation and Technical information – IR 4.2, could be an opportunity to address all these interactions.
We have a solid base of experiences and references with governmental executive and stakeholders to develop and support a positive contribution for political and synergistic conciliation process.
A concrete example from this topic:All the objectives for the local population (water supply, new water resources, grid connection, funding available) have been achieved thanks to French government's commitments and stakeholder initiatives but they are not permitted to intervene because they don't have the local water competence. It will be certainly irreversible consequences on these collectivities.
With similar examples over the world it's a critical situation for a lot of people.
My best regards for you and all
|9 months 3 weeks||
I completely agree with you when you emphasise those priorities.
The water forum could convince by encouraging people to be actor and be able to take part in decision-making. But in reality it's very difficult because quite often people are excluded from political decision. Frequently there seems to be a real wall and barrier between citizens and local executive power. For those who do not have enough water or do not have access to clean water it's a brainteaser (access to data, access to information, and so on...), and often it is the reverse when citizenship is more efficient than local executive. However, much directives, towards increased transparency, are not being implemented effectively or correctly. We know from experience that access to water is fragile. Such malfunctions breaks the wall (your analogy) and led to the water failure potentially irreversible.
The Global Coalition for Good Water Governance (OECD Principles on Water Governance) is a process of the 8th Water Forum. It will be presented at the 8th Water Forum meeting. This could be a synergistic solution to achieve such goals. Support and share its arguments via this media can get thing done.The indicators will also contribute to the monitoring of selected targets of SDG 6, such as 6b on local participation.
I endorse and support the Global Coalition.
My best regards.
|9 months 3 weeks||
To centralize the discussion, the link to my first post : http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/comment/225#comment-225
|9 months 6 days||
Will take place in a few days the World Water Day; we must keep in mind the OECD Principles on Water Governance.
The OECD Water Governance Principles provide the 12 must-do for governments to design and implement effective, efficient, and inclusive water policies in a shared responsibility with the broader range of stakeholders. They were developed using a multi-stakeholder approach within the OECD Water Governance Initiative. Since their adoption, the Principles have been endorsed by 42 countries and 140+ major stakeholder groups.
Choose not to follow these recommendations lead to the failure access to safe drinking water and development, especially in rural areas and evolving in an irreversible way (unfortunately that is our story). In the general background of global warming and climate change, we have the duty to act to guarantee access to safe water for present and future. Not a single resource must be absent for the future of world.
|9 months 3 days||
Thank you for your answer.
The abbreviation "OECD" means Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. http://www.oecd.org/about/
I suggest that a session to the 2nd Stakeholders' meeting in April could address the theme titled Integrated Water Governance (Governments + Stakeholders participation + citizens initiative). Integrated governance describes the structure of formal and informal relations to manage affairs through collaborative (joined-up) approaches which may be between government agencies, or across levels of government (local, State) and/or the non-government sector.It's also necessary to include these issues and identify bottlenecks and map out the strategies to overcome them. For instance the exclusive decision-making power given to some local authorities and the dramatic consequences, a sort of legal “veto power”. First of Governments must act on the inter-ministerial or presidential level to draw up horizontal and integrated policies capable (Laws, Constitution, conciliation process, the control of competences delegated and so on...). The task is huge but possible. A case of study for example: In the contribution, above-mentioned, we have presented a successful model of integrated governance with high-level stakeholders (Presidents of French Republic, State Ministers, Ministers, Prefects, international institutions, experts, citizens...). All the targets have been achieved, but we are still ever waiting for more thirteen years for the real local executive's commitment and acquiescence. This becomes nonsense because the first families to connect live at +/- 300 meters of the water supply. It's the same problem for the rest of population who are awaiting development. The 8th forum now has a key role to play for the integrated water governance.
My best regards.