Water in Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals
UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP) will organize a special event on "Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals”, which will take place as a side event during the 21st session of the IHP Intergovernmental Council.
The overall goal of the side event is to provide a platform for discussion for Member States of UNESCO, IHP National Committees and other participants on the importance and role of water in the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event also aims to inform UNESCO Permanent Delegations on the contributions of IHP to the different processes of the formulation of the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.
The specific objectives of the event are:
1. To discuss why a dedicated goal on water should be included in the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals
2. To discuss IHP’s proposal for a stand-alone global goal dedicated to water as part of the SDGs and take stock of other proposals for water-related SDGs.
3. To inform UNESCO Member States and IHP National Committees on IHP’s contributions to the post-2015 development agenda and SDG processes
In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations will reach the target date. Consequently, discussions on defining the global development agenda beyond 2015 have been taking place in several interlinked and converging processes that are evolving continuously. At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, the Member States agreed, as adopted in the Rio+20 outcome document “The Future We Want”, to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals that will be built on the Millennium Development Goals, while also including other challenges of sustainable development. Following these developments, different processes have been initiated both within and outside the UN System to define of the future SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda.
Recognizing the importance of water for sustainable development and its interlinks with other development challenges, UNESCO places special attention to the need to continue global efforts on water and sanitation building on the MDG process, while also emphasizing the importance of other water-related issues in the context of the global development agenda beyond 2015. As the leading agency with the mandate to promote water sciences in the UN system, UNESCO has taken active steps towards raising the profile of water in the shaping of the post-2015 development agenda and SDGs.