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Towards a post 2015 development agenda

26 March 2013

The Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has been closely following the developments with regards to the post 2015 development agenda, spearheaded by the United Nations (UN) and contributing to the relevant processes to ensure a water secured world and thereby universal access to water and sanitation within a stipulated time frame.

In this direction, the EWN recently participated in the “Wings for Water” events in The Hague, Netherlands, organized by the UN and the Kingdom of the Netherlands during 20-22 March 2013.

  • On 20 March, a side event was organized by the Jacob Soetendrop Institute for Human Values, Netherlands, involving religious leaders, political leaders, youth and other civil society organizations to discuss on issues around the theme  -  “Living water: towards a water secure world”.
  • On 21 March, there was a "multi-stakeholders' dialogue on water in the post 2015 development agenda". The outcome document of this dialogue was named the "wake-up call", envisaging a world in the year 2050, fully water secured and having universal access to water and sanitation in a sustainable world. There were a few gaps and lacunae in the "wake-up call" document, which were addressed by the participants. In addition to these changes suggested by the group, the religious leaders and representatives of faith based organizations, including the EWN, issued a statement to include in the “wake-up call” document emerging out of the multi stakeholders’ dialogue on water cooperation.
  • On 22 March, the international World Water Day celebration was held in the presence of a high level panel comprising of the prince of Orange, who is also the chair of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, the prince of Jordan, the president of Liberia (chair of the high level panel of UN on the post 2015 development agenda) and many more. The wake-up call document from the multi stakeholders’ meeting was handed over to the high level panel, who are meeting in Bali this week (25-27 March 2013). The high level panel in Bali will focus on “Partnership and cooperation for development, with a focus on strategies for implementation and opportunities to shape a global consensus on the new development agenda (post 2015)”. The issues related to water will also be discussed in this meeting and the outcome document will take into account the “wake-up call” emerged from the multi-stakeholders’ meeting in The Hague. Which then will be submitted to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.
  • In September 2013 when the UN meets in New York to review the Millennium Development Goals and chalk out the details of the post 2015 development agenda, they will take into account the above mentioned “outcome document” on water and sanitation handed over to the UN secretary general. We hope there will be a dedicated goal/targets exclusively addressed to water and sanitation in the post 2015 development agenda.

To this end, the EWN calls its constituencies, particularly the churches to follow these developments and contribute towards the above mentioned processes. The following specific actions can be taken by the members:

For more information, please contact the EWN secretariat at the World Council of Churches.