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Water for all: how to ensure we leave no one behind

This post, written by Kitty Vander-Heijden, Director of the World Resources Institute Europe, is the fourth in our blog series which aims to explore how the Sustainable Development Goals can be drafted to include all social and economic groups.  Water is an essential component of human lives and livelihoods, and key to economic growth, health, food, energy and ecosystems … Continue reading

A first-hand look at water insecurity

Written by Rachel Hoffman, a King’s College London Master’s student studying Conflict Security and Development. Like most people in the developed world, the need to find clean water has never been a daily concern for me. I could go to one of the three rooms in my house with a faucet, turn it on, and be instantly … Continue reading

What one piece of advice would you give the UN on water?

To mark World Water Day, the Guardian WaterHub asked experts from business, NGO and government how water should fit into the post-2015 development agenda. Mike Muller, professor at Wits University School of Public and Development Management: “Strengthen, don’t disintegrate, water management. The UN has taken the commendable but dangerous step of opening discussion of the post-2015 … Continue reading

Water, sugar and oil: how to mix development finance flows to best effect?

Written by Andrew Rogerson, Senior Research Associate at ODI on the Development Progress blog: “Visualise global development finance in a post-2015 world as, well, as a bucket of water that holds 10 litres. The bucket is more than half full to start with, and contains mostly ‘domestic resources’, public and private. Into this bucket now pour … Continue reading

Water Goals Have Big Costs and Bigger Returns

Written by Corinne Schuster-Wallace of the United Nations University (UNU), writing on the Our World blog of the UNU. “Meeting anticipated world water goals requires an annual investment estimated at US$840 billion to US$1.8 trillion over the next 20 years, but could also deliver more than US$3 trillion annually in economic, environmental and social benefits, according … Continue reading

UN entities say post-2015 must address inequity in access to clean water, sanitation

UNICEF, UN OHCHR, Friends of Water and the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, have released a joint-statement on Water in the post-2015 development agenda. Read extracts below: “Member States must ensure that the post-2015 development agenda addresses inequalities that prevent millions of people from getting access to basic … Continue reading

Water in Post-2015: Hashimoto Action Plan III – Strategy and Objectives through 2015

Read below extracts from Hashimoto Action Plan III: Strategy and Objectives through 2015. Compiled by the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water, it calls for a single standalone goal on water in post-2015: “1. Securing a Dedicated Water Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda For the post-2015 development framework, the Board calls for a … Continue reading

A Water Wise Goal

By Karin Lexén, Stockholm International Water Institute, writing in Outreach, the multi-stakeholder magazine from Stakeholder Forum: “The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) shares the perspective of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); we must not lose sight of achieving the Millennium … Continue reading

WASH not ‘sexy’ but must be addressed — Wateraid

Read below an extract from an article on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), published by devex.com “First, we need to call it as it is: Pee, poo and shit. And then we can move to discussing the consequences if we don’t take care of that.  That’s how Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen, executive director of WaterAid Sweden, referred … Continue reading

Analysis: Debating the best way to improve water and sanitation post-MDGs

Article by John James, on IRIN news: “STOCKHOLM, 6 September 2013 (IRIN) – A leading water think tank today issued a call for a post-2015 development target on water aimed at making better use of scarce water supplies, realising the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and increasing resilience to droughts and floods … Continue reading


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