Title: Beyond 2015: What Next for Water-Related MDGs and Water Challenges?
Event type: Side Event
Date: 2011-08-22
Time: 17:45 - 18:45
Convenor: UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), on behalf of UN-Water
Room: T5

This Dialogue will discuss important actions to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs and reach the goals set by the "Water for Life" decade in the four years left to 2015. The important contribution of the decade in achieving the MDGs through the large amounts of resources and political it allowed to garner will also be addressed. 

  • Have the MDGs process actually been helping the most vulnerable? Are governments only picking the "lowest-hanging fruits" to achieve their targets, and is this masking a wider group of the population which is consistently under or not served?
  • What do we need to do to reach water-related targets by 2015?
  • How can the decision making process towards achieving the MDGs be helped? What is needed - better assessment, more data and information? What is the role of international legislation or the UN in this debate?
  • What should we be aiming for after 2015 - New targets and new commitments? Same commitments for a later achievement date?
  • How can water be mainstreamed in processes such as MDGs and Rio+20? A moderated panel of experts will discuss these and other issues with the audience.


Moderator: Mr. Federico Properzi, Chief Technical Officer to UN-Water


Welcome and Introduction. Mr. Adeel Zafar, Chair of UN-Water


Overview of the topic of the session by the Moderator, short point of view statements by panelists:
- Representative from Asia: Kusum Athukorala, co-chair of WWAP gender group, Sri Lanka
- Representative from UN-Water/ Africa (TBC)
- Representative from Latin America (TBC)
- Representative from Stakeholder Forum (TBC)
- Representative on the need for more assessment/ availability of more data and information (TBC)


Moderation of debate/ discussion between the panel members (30 minutes)


Questions and answers from the audience members to the panelists (20 minutes)


Wrap-up points from the panelists and overview of the conclusions of the discussion; discussion on "What happens next?"


Close of session, Reception


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