Water issue on the agenda of the Dialogues on sustainable Development between Civil Society and official negotiations in the framework of RIO+20 Conference Print
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Tuesday, 03 July 2012 15:55

On the eve of UN Conference on Sustainable Development the Dialogs on the problems of sustainable development chaired by the government of Brazil and supported by UNDP took place from 16 to 19 June, 2012. The Dialogues became an attempt to create a communication channel between public and official negotiations.

Conclusions and recommendations, produced during Dialogs were delivered directly to the heads of governments – participants of the RIO+20 Conference. Water was one of 10 themes of the Dialogs. Preparation to these Dialogs was conducted from April for June and included the number stages: on-line discussion by all stakeholders at http://riodialogues.org, preparation of recommendations, on-line voting to choice the priorities, panel discussions within the framework of Dialogs and delivering of the final public recommendations to the governments at the Conference Round Tables and incorporation of them in the outcome document of the Conference.

On June, 18 the Dialog on Water was carried out. Access to water and sanitation was in a focus of the discussion. For the voting the following conclusions were put on:

  • Water must be included as a key issue of the further development goals
  • To acknowledge the need on integrated management of water –energy food at all levels
  • To improve access to water and sanitation for children at schools
  • Strengthening of solidarity mechanisms for water financing
  • To implement the Right to water and sanitation
  • To approve more ambitious global Strategies on water supply and Sanitation
  • To develop Common Vission and approve Wastewater Management Plan
  • To work on Health and sustainable water-supply. People must have an assured access to water, sanitation and hygiene for providing of sustainable country development
  • Further development and strengthening of the Global monitoring mechanisms on access to water, sanitation and hygiene
  • protection of biodiversity, ecosystems and water resources protection for improvement water supply.

The result of voting showed that more then 50% participants voted for implementation of the Right to water.

Prepared by Inna Mashek, UNENGO “MAMA-86”, participants of the RIO+20 Conference