WaterLex at 2016 Stockholm World Water Week: Day 3

On Tuesday 30 August, WaterLex attended a session on measuring and valuing social impact. The event touched on the subject of the impact created by organisations working in the water sector and presented a tool developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) called the Social Capital Protocol. The aim of this tool is to provide a harmonized framework for measuring impact in a currently heavily fragmented field.

Measuring social impact is paramount because it allows companies and organisations to understand where and why they have made a difference and to guide their future actions.

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WaterLex is currently in the scoping phase of a project that would measure how a human rights based approach to the implementation of SDG 6 (and the other water-related SDGs) would positively affect jobs and job creation in the water sector and be a driver of green growth. This session on measuring and valuing impact was therefore of great importance to our team members working on the project.

In the afternoon, a session convened by UN-Water looked at the monitoring of SDG 6. Johan Gély of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation explained that monitoring is crucial to the creation of political leadership in the water sector. Up-to-date information allows for good decision-making processes and ensures that investments are targeted towards the right people in the right place.

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UN-Water presented the several tools that the organisation has developed to help with the monitoring of the targets contained in SDG 6.

Representatives of Senegal and Uganda then made interventions about their impressions on the first stages of the implementation of those tools in their respective countries. Both said that monitoring could lead to more political commitment which would then allow the water sector to access more resources for the implementation of the SDGs. They also noted that the data are usually very scattered and that the UN-Water tools for monitoring could help build a more comprehensive database to analyse and monitor progress.

For more information, see the report on monitoring SDG 6 here.


For more information:

info (at) waterlex.org

WaterLex at 2016 Stockholm World Water Week: Day 2

Opening plenary at Stockholm World Water Week 2016

Opening plenary at Stockholm World Water Week 2016

Today, Monday 29 August 2016, WaterLex attended the plenary session convened for the official opening of Stockholm World Water Week 2016. High level speakers were present: Karin Wanngard, Mayor of Stockholm,  H.E. Margot Wallström, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary General, Kevin Rudd, Chair of Sanitation and Water for All and Charafat Afailal, Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment.

They all underlined the centrality of water in the sustainable development agenda and the fact that it is most important to preserve our resources for future generations. Margot Wallström also highlighted that the eternal dimension of the life cycle of water imposes a great responsibility upon us.

The speeches were followed by a lecture by Professor Joan B. Rose, 2016 Stockholm Water Prize laureate. The lecture focused on Joan Rose’s research on pathogens and the Global Water Pathogen Project, which is a knowledge resource and hub on water pathogens aiming to guide the setting of quality objectives for water and sanitation.

During the last part of the plenary a panel discussion on water wise implementation and innovation took place, which brought together high level panelists Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairman of the FICCI Water Mission and Chair of the India Sanitation Coalition, H.E. Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Charlotte Petri-Gornitzka, Director General of Sida, Prof Kevin Chika Urama, Senior Advisor to the president of the AfDB and finally Claire Reid, Winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2003 and founder of Reel Gardening.

UN-Water report on interlinkages between SDG 6 and the other goals

UN-Water report on interlinkages between SDG 6 and the other goals

During the afternoon, part of the team attended the launch of the new UN-Water report that looks at addressing the interlinkages between SDG 6 on water and sanitation and the other 16 sustainable development goals, to which WaterLex contributed.

Some interlinkages can be considered as synergies when the targets mutually support each other. But there can also be potential conflicts between the targets contained in SDG 6 and others, which have to be identified to allow for the achievement of all the targets.

After a few short presentations by high-level panelists Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Eri Honda, Urban Development specialist at the Asian Development Bank, and Callist Tindimugaya, Commissioner for water resources planning and regulation, Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment, the audience broke off into three groups to discuss the social, economic and environmental dimensions of the interlinkages.

WaterLex participated in the discussion on the social dimension, where it was highlighted that, among others, corruption and conflicts between ministries (falling under SDG 16) impede the realisation of the targets set in SDG 6. This reflects how important WaterLex activities are, aiming to achieve good governance, especially in regards to water.


For more information:

info (at) waterlex.org

WaterLex at 2016 World Water Week: SWP Booth event

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Today, 28 August,  WaterLex hosted a side-event at the Swiss Water Partnership booth at Stockholm World Water Week to share several short presentations about the organisation, our programmes and flagship projects.

The event agenda included:

From left to right: Chris Duckett, development director, Rose Osinde Alabaster, programme director, Africa region, Amanda Loeffen, WaterLex director general, Viktoria Mohos Naray, senior legal advisor, and Lorraine Schilling, communications team.

From left to right: Chris Duckett, development director, Rose Osinde Alabaster, programme director, Africa region, Amanda Loeffen, WaterLex director general, Viktoria Mohos Naray, senior legal advisor, and Lorraine Schilling, communications team.

At the end of the event, WaterLex launched Waterpreneurs. Waterpreneurs supports the scaling-up of impact investment finance for the growth of local water entrepreneurs who contribute to the realisation of the human right to water and sanitation. The WaterLex Business & Human Rights programme generated the idea of Waterpreneurs in 2015. Waterpreneurs is the coordinating mechanism that brings together businesses and non-profit organizations, based on shared interests. In water-stressed areas, Waterpreneurs advises corporations to add a human rights-based approach to their work, especially if their business has an impact on the local environment and water supply. For more information please see the Waterpreneurs website.

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WaterLex Director General Amanda Loeffen with Nicolas Lorne and Brieux Michoud of Waterpreneurs


For more information:

info (at) waterlex.org

WaterLex at 2016 World Water Week: Equitable Access Event

Water team with Special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Léo Heller

Water team with Special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Léo Heller

On Sunday 28 August, 2016, the WaterLex team met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Mr. Léo Heller, to discuss potential future support that WaterLex would provide to the work of the Special Rapporteur.

Following the meeting, WaterLex attended the event “Equitable access to water and sanitation: sustainable growth for all“, where Mr. Heller gave a short presentation on the affordability criterion of the human right to water and sanitation. According to him, affordability shouldn’t simply be defined as a percentage of household income, but it should rather mean that the cost doesn’t impact negatively on the realisation on the human rights related to water. He then stated that, in his opinion, subsidies are the best mechanisms to ensure that the criterion of affordable access to water is respected.

Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller, at the equitable access to water and sanitation event at WWW 2016

UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller, at the equitable access to water and sanitation event at WWW 2016.

Before the panel discussion, the organisers of the event presented the UNECE Protocol on Water And Health to the to the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes and theequitable access score-card (developed with the support of WaterLex), which is an analytical tool designed to help Governments and other stakeholders to establish a baseline measure of the equity of access to water and sanitation, track progress made and prompt discussions on further actions that need to be taken.

The UNECE/WHO Equitable access score-card

The UNECE/WHO Equitable Access Score-card

Daniela Bordeianu, head of the NGO Solidarity Water for Europe in Moldova, then addressed the key outcomes and actions resulting from the equitable access self-assessment that was undertaken in Moldova, following the methodology of the score-card. She noted that the main issue in Moldova was the affordability of water and sanitation services. Daniela had taken part in the “Water governance and human rights” training that WaterLex organised in Geneva on 1 July 2016, where she had also highlighted the issue.

The other panelists also made very interesting presentations, revolving around access to water and sanitation in schools, in healthcare facilities and in rural areas.

After the presentations, WaterLex Director General Amanda Loeffen asked in which way the findings from the self-assessments could be integrated into a sustainable policy framework, to which Oliver Schmoll (WHO) replied that the score-card triggers discussions within and between sectors, thus accelerating policy changes. Moreover, Francesca Bernardini (UNECE) underlined the difference between the non-binding SDGs and the Protocol on water and health, which is binding, requiring countries to set targets, monitor changes, and ultimately adapt their policies.


For more information:

info (at) waterlex.org

Stockholm World Water Week

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The Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) will be present this year again at the Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW). The SWP and its members will be involved in innovative and thrilling seminars. On the SWP booth, you will have the chance to meet the Swiss water sector actors and to assist to launches of publications, discussions and presentations. Do not hesitate to come by to see us on the booth or at one of our seminars!

Hereafter, or on this link, you can find the entire programme of the Swiss Water Partnership and its members.

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Swiss Technology Impact Platform Singapore / Jakarta – an update

The last Swiss Technology Impact Platform (STIP) information meeting took place on July 1st. It was a good opportunity to exchange with organisations (private sector, research, administration) interested to strengthen their activities in South East Asia.

Based on the very high interest in opportunities to showcase products or services in South East Asia, the ETH Zurich & Singapore ETH Centre plan to organise a one week Study Tour to Singapore and Indonesia in February 2017.

If you would like to know more about that and contribute to shape the STIP, you are invited to participate in the next STIP information meeting that will take place in Zurich (ETH Hönggerberg) on September 22nd, from 09.30 to 12.00. Please send us a short e-mail if you are interested to participate so that we can register your participation: agnes.montangero@swisswaterpartnership.ch.

Antenna Technologies makes an impact

The WATA solution of the Antenna Technologies Foundation has been selected for the Impact Journalism Day which took place on June 25. On this day, over 100 innspiring and feasible solutions with a strong social and environmental impact were published by the world’s most important daily newspapers.

The success story of WATA and several other projects of the foundation of Antenna Technologies Foundation, created by Denis von der Weid, were published in leading newspaper from Switzerland (24 Heures, Tribune de Genève, Tages Anzeiger), Germany (die Welt), Belgium (le Soir) or Azerbaijan (Azernews).

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WaterLex at World Water Week 2016

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Please join the WaterLex team at Stockholm World Water Week. Below you will find information on our presence, and where to find the Swiss Water Partnership Booth! We are hosting an event at the SWP Booth on Sunday, see below for more details.

Equitable access to water and sanitation: sustainable growth for all
Sunday 11:00-12:30
28 August 2016
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The focus on equity and access to safe and affordable drinking water and to adequate sanitation and hygiene “for all” is the main innovation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development compared to the past global ambitions and essentially its main challenge. The concept of inclusiveness that is inherent to the objective of achieving universal coverage with water and sanitation requires implementation of the five dimensions of the human rights to water and sanitation: availability of service, physical accessibility, quality and safety, affordability and acceptability.

Access “for all” also means that “all” need to be involved in tackling this complex challenge which requires the involvement of different actors for its successful attainment. The event will focus on showcasing and analyzing through the equity lens different approaches and solutions – from legal frameworks and policy formulation to supporting its implementation and concrete action on the ground through specific projects. It will build on the spirit and approach of the Protocol on Water and Health which has been promoting universal access since its adoption in 1999 and is increasingly developing as the pan-European hub for bringing different stakeholders under its umbrella to share knowledge and good practice for attaining universality and equity.

 

Swiss Water Partnership Booth
Sunday 13:30-16:30
28 August 2016
Area 6: near the the SIWI Sofa

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2016 World Water Week Booth for WaterLex and the Swiss Water Partnership

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For more information:

Lynn Sorrentino, Communications and Events Manager
Tel: +41 22 907 36 46
Email: l.sorrentino (at) waterlex.org

GIWEH becomes a Board member of the Asia Water Council

GIWEH is proud to announce that it is now a Board Member of Asia Water Council (AWC).

During the 1st General Assembly, held in Bali, Indonesia on March 26th, 2016, the Global Water Partnership Asia (Indonesia) and the Global Institute for Water Environment and Health (GIWEH) received a close number of votes to become a board member. President Dr. Choi recommended GIWEH takes the seat, considering GIWEH’s great contribution to the AWC and its Special Committee activities.

The 2nd Board of Council meeting for AWC was held in Singapore on July 13th, 2016, following the Singapore International Water Week (8th-12th July 2016). According to the “Decision Board of Council 1.8” of the first Board of Council meeting, GIWEH was again recommended to become a Board Member and was approved.