Americas’ Preparatory Process for the 6th World Water Forum
Press note on the XII Meeting of the Conference of Ibero-American Water Directors
Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 3, 2011
· The Americas’ preparatory process for the 6th World Water Forum presents a road map to engage national governments from the region
· The Conference of Ibero-American Water Directors adheres to the initiative and will support the Americas’ targets, messages and regional documents
During the XII meeting of the Conference of Ibero-American Water Directors (CODIA), representatives of the Americas’ preparatory process for the 6th World Water Forum presented and debated the draft messages and targets produced as a result of this process, reaching agreement with the CODIA for both the Conference as such, and the national governments it gathers, to support this process in the build-up to the 6th World Water Forum, to be held in Marseilles, France in March 2012.
The Americas process was represented by three institutions taking part in this process, UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme for America Latina and the Caribbean (UNESCO-IHP LAC), Global Water Partnership Central America (GWP-CA) and the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA). Víctor Pochat, Regional Consultant and Coordinator of UNESCO-IHP LAC, in his capacity as coordinator of the Americas’ regional process towards the 6th World Water Forum, and Maureen Ballestero Vargas, Chair of the GWP-CA, and regional targets coordinator for the Americas on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), presented the process carried out thus far to involve over 40 organizations from the region in supporting 11 targets for action for the coming years and a series of political messages that aim to take the technical activities to the political realm.
Marco Antonio Velázquez, Deputy Director General for Planning in the CONAGUA, which is both a member of the CODIA and coordinator of the theme of water and climate change adaptation in the Americas preparatory process, led the debate within the CODIA, as a result of which its members agreed to provide solutions and other inputs that will support the 11 targets that have been defined for the region; provide comments and political support for the draft messages produced through this process; and provide feedback on the six thematic documents and the Americas’ Water Agenda, currently under preparation.
The initiative to involve Ibero-American Water Directors, as the region covering Spain, Portugal and Andorra as well as the 19 Latin American countries, is part of a number of efforts to take water issues out of the “water box” by highlighting the importance of the issue with both political actors and representatives of other disciplines, as exemplified by the Dialogs for Water and Climate Change (D4WCC), organized by the CONAGUA in last year’s COP 16, as well as ongoing efforts to insist upon the importance of water in the framework of next year’s Earth Summit, Rio +20, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. With this connection in mind, during the CODIA it was decided that its next meeting would be held in Brazil, potentially in Rio in parallel to the Earth Summit.
Final agreement of the CODIA on the Americas’ targets and solutions groups on the road to the 6th World Water Forum
The Conference of Ibero-American Water General Directors (CODIA) welcomes the initiative presented by the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) on behalf of the Americas’ preparatory process for the 6th World Water Forum, consisting of the revision of:
* A series of positions (the current proposal is attached), that the CODIA asks its members from the Americas to comment on before December 1, and to support afterwards, so that these messages may be picked up by their respective countries in the preparation of the ministerial process for the 6th World Water Forum; * The 11 targets in the Americas, which the CODIA requests its members to support through the contribution of relevant actions that they are carrying out; * The six thematic documents and the Americas’ Water Agenda, currently under preparation, which the CODIA requests its members to comment on at a later date.
The CODIA considers it appropriate to carry out an event during the 6th World Water Forum, accepting the proposal to hold it on one of the national pavilions of one of its member countries