April 18, 2015
The 7th World Water Forum came to an end Friday with participants backing the inclusion of one dedicated water goal and water-related targets in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
“We reaffirm that water is at the core of sustainable development and support the inclusion of one dedicated water goal and water-related targets in the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” the declaration noted.
There are 17 proposed SDGs and 169 targets. SDG six focuses on water and sanitation. It has eight targets.
Others five SDGs have seven targets directly or indirectly linked to water-related issues. A high level summit to adopt the SDGs takes place in New York, USA in September this year.
“We are committed to working together to ensure a successful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” the declaration further stressed.
The 7th edition of the world’s largest water event gathered participants from the international water community: academics, research institutions, enterprises, professional networks, governments and policy-makers, IGOs and NGOs, as well as representatives from various fields such as agriculture, food or energy in the city of Daegu, South Korea under the theme, Water for Our Future.
Earlier during the week, the legislators from all over the world promised policy support for water issues and rooted for increased cooperation between countries.
“Developed countries should provide active support, while developing nations should in turn invest in efforts to bring about positive changes,” the legislators urged in their joint statement.
The 7th World Water Forum focused on the implementation of the solutions that were identified during the 6th edition in Marseille, France in 2012. It was composed of cultural events, a Water Showcase, the World Water Challenge, water prize ceremonies, side events, a water exhibition and fair, as well as a Citizen’s Forum, including a Youth and Children’s Forum, to raise citizens’ awareness in favor of water.
The World Water Forum is the world’s largest meeting on water. Every three years since 1997, the World Water Council (WWC), has held each World Water Forum on or around World Water Day