Post-2015 Consultation on WRM, WWMWQ Concludes in Geneva

3 March 2013: The meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management and Water Quality has concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. Convened on 27-28 February 2013, the meeting was sponsored by the Government of Switzerland, as part of the Thematic Consultation on Water, coordinated by UN-Water, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

The meeting focused on two of the three streams of discussion under the Thematic Consultation: Water Resources Management (WRM), facilitated by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); and Wastewater Management and Water Quality (WWMWQ), facilitated by UN-Habitat/Aquafed. Panel sessions on WRM and WWMWQ presented the main messages of the web consultations on these themes, and commented on the issues raised, the gaps and possible implications for the way forward.

Eight discussion groups addressed the key priority issues that should be included in a post-2015 development agenda, and reported back to plenary. Six of the key issues identified during the group discussions were selected as themes for further consideration, including on: resilience to climate change and other global pressures; efficiency and reuse; transboundary cooperation; quality, protection, water quality and ecosystems; balancing uses and allocation; and governance frameworks and integrated water resources management (IWRM).

Each of the groups discussed the following questions: what should be the future objectives to address the key water-related issues in a post-2015 development agenda; what actions should be taken to achieve these objectives, and can success be measured; and how are such objectives linked to other themes of both the water consultation and the other global thematic consultations. The meeting concluded with a wrap-up session summarizing the meeting's conclusions. [IISD RS Meeting Coverage] [IISD RS Coverage of Global Consultations on Water in Post-2015 Development Agenda]