Governing Council meets in Davos & transitioning of 2030 WRG

Davos 2017Davos, Switzerland, 17 January, 2017 –  The 2030 WRG Governing Council met in Davos, Switzerland during the World Economic Forum Annual Meetings. The members discussed 2016 results and prepared for the next strategic plan.

Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe reiterated the world’s joint resolve to implement the SDGs, and to take a stance on tackling climate change with a key emphasis on water and adaptation. He reflected on the development of the 2030 WRG, from the first meeting in Davos with just 10 people in the room, to the broad network that it represents today.

The number of partners connected to the network has increased to 500 partners in over 11 countries/states, 40% of which are private sector companies.

The council members expressed their deep concern about the fact that what has been achieved globally to counter the water crisis has not been very efficient so far. The ten percent water demand-supply deficit back in 2009, has grown to 30 and could be 40 percent in 2030, as earlier predicted. This means that we are indeed on track, but rather to achieve what we did not want to achieve. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report has put water at the top for three consecutive years. Even though there is increased awareness now, we are still far from finding sustainable solutions.

Achievements

2030 WRG Executive Director, Anders Berntell, presented the progress, achievements and results from 2016 specifically showcasing how the work contributes to the SDGs and addresses effects of climate change on water; how we foster partnerships in countries where they did not exist earlier, often with very high level participation from Government, Private Sector and Civil Society and overall results from the country multi-stakeholder platforms.

In 2016 we have joined together 505 partners in 36 working groups in 11 countries/states, and in 2 new countries we have already begun work. Together we have decided on 53 priority areas, which led to the development of 57 concept notes to concretize those areas. 43 proposals have been developed, preparatory arrangements for 35 of these proposals have been set up, and for 14 of these programs we have seen the full implementation on the ground.

Fruitful discussions were held around the issue of scaling up, maintaining quality and ensuring inclusivity, continuity and sustainability of the 2030 WRG programs. The partners with local presence in the 2030 WRG countries of engagement, have offered their partnership and assistance on the ground to further develop the programs.

The 2030WRG has now reached the end of the five-year hosting period within IFC and will be transitioning to a more ambitious phase. The council members present agreed with the development of the long term 6-year plan (2017 – 2023) with an evaluation cycle in the 3rd year. The Council members were satisfied with the way that 2030 WRG has been able to build and institutionalize effective and committed partnerships in the countries where it is active. They expressed their organization’s continued commitment and support, and wanted to see the program continue its work.

Results highlights

  1. Bangladesh textile industry where 2030 WRG works on technical and knowledge support, PPPs for wastewater treatment, and institutional strengthening. Potential impacts are 20% reduced water use, industry-wide wastewater reduction, 3 million additional jobs (80% women) and 500 USD million investment by the private sector.
  2. Mongolia mining industry where 2030 WRG influences dialogue, builds awareness on demand-side water management solutions, helps develop incentives for water use efficiency and wastewater treatment and onsite implementation by mining companies of these schemes. Expected impacts include the use of the Voluntary Code of Practice developed with IFC used by 8 mining companies, the prioritization of demand-side management, economic incentives leading to reduced abstraction of water and decreased emissions of wastewater and regulatory improvement.
  3. South Africa water savings in irrigation water delivery where 2030 WRG supports the roll-out of the Water Administration System through the SWPN. Already achieved impacts include reduced water use by 64 million m3 per year with a substantial potential to scale up.
  4. Peru groundwater tariffs where 2030 WRG has supported the national water regulator to develop the world’s first groundwater management and monitoring tariff for industrial users. Potential impacts include reduced water use by industry, increased water security contributing to sustained economic growth. The program is now going to be implemented in two major urban areas, including Lima, and will be replicated in other municipalities later.

The Daily Star: Bangladesh firm to ensure RMG compliance

NEWS SOURCE: The Daily Star

BSS, Davos, Switzerland.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government was highly committed to ensuring compliance with regard to the readymade garment (RMG) industry.

“The contribution of the apparel and textile industry to our economy is immense. We are highly committed to ensure compliance with regard to labour rights, workplace safety and environmental standard in the industry,” she said.

The PM was replying to questions at a workshop titled “Shaping a New Water Economy” at the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum at Congress Centre here.

Hasina said Bangladesh’s RMG industry achieved higher compliance standards in terms of wages, workplace safety, norms, practices and harmonious industrial relations.

“There has been a 77 percent increase in basic wage.

Assessment of all the 3,780 factories as recommended by global brands and retailers has been completed,” she added.

Andrew Steer, president and CEO of World Research Institute, moderated the workshop attended by heads of state and government of different countries.

The PM said Bangladesh is the second largest apparel and textile exporting country in the world. The sector employs 4.5 million workers, of which 80 percent are women. The industry accounts for 83 percent of the country’s total exports.

“We are supporting the industry to ‘go green’. Today, Bangladesh has 38 LEED certified factories. Out of the world’s top 10 green factories, seven are in Bangladesh,” she pointed out.

The premier said since 2015, the Bangladesh government has been working with 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) to achieve 100 percent wastewater treatment and increase water use efficiency as per international benchmarks in the country’s apparel sector.

PM JOINS WEF MEETING

World leaders, including Sheikh Hasina, gathered in Davos as the 47th Annual Meeting of the WEF kicked off yesterday.

The four-day meeting began at Congress Centre in Davos under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.

President Xi Jinping of China opened the proceedings of the meeting. Hasina along with other heads of government and state joined the opening plenary and other events of the meeting.

Heads of state and government of 45 countries joined the meeting which began with a welcome address by WEF founder Klaus Schwab and felicitation of celebrity singer Shakira, among others, for her work towards promoting education.

On the sidelines of the forum, Hasina had informal interaction with the Chinese and Swiss presidents yesterday.

The WEF is a Swiss non-profit foundation, based in Cologne, Geneva. Its mission is cited as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas”.

The Financial Express: ‘Govt firm on RMG sector compliance’

News Source: The Financial Express

HONORABLE PRIME MINISTER SHEIKH HASINA AFFIRMS HER COMMITMENT TO 2030 WRG’S BANGLADESH PROGRAM AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2017 IN DAVOS, SWITZERLAND

Anders Berntell, Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group; Sheik Hasina, Prime Minister, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh; Fernando Zavala, Prime Minister, Peru & Nomvula Mokonyane Water and Sanitation Minister

 

DAVOS (Switzerland), Jan 17 (BSS): Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Tuesday her government was highly committed to ensuring compliance in the readymade garment (RMG) sector, reports BSS.

“The contribution of apparel and textile industry to our economy is immense. We are highly committed to ensure compliance with regard to labour rights, workplace safety and environmental standard in the industry,” she said. The premier also said Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector achieved higher compliance standards in terms of wages, workplace safety, norms, practices and harmonious industrial relations. “There has been a 77% increase in basic wage. Assessment of all the 3780 factories as recommended by global brands and retailers has been completed,” she said.

The Prime Minister was replying to questions at the workshop on “Shaping a New Water Economy” in the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum at Congress Centre here. President and CEO of World Research Institute Andrew Steer moderated the workshop attended by heads of state and government of different countries participating in the WEF. Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is the second largest apparel and textile exporting country in the world. “The sector employs 4.5 million workers, of which 80 per cent are women. The industry accounts for 83% of our total exports,” she said. The premier said the factories were now working hand-in-hand with global brands and retailers to ensure international standards. Every factory had an Occupational Safety Committee where employers and workers were working together, she said.

“We are supporting the industry to ‘go green’. Today, Bangladesh has LEED certified 38 factories. Out of the world’s top 10 ranked green factories, 7 are in Bangladesh.” The Prime Minister said since 2015, Bangladesh Government had been working with 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG), more specifically, to achieve 100% wastewater treatment and increase water use efficiency as per international benchmarks in the apparel sector. She said, “Our work with 2030 WRG” is focusing on the following areas:

  • Mobilising and facilitating large-scale finance for wastewater treatment infrastructure;
  • Enhancing fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for wastewater treatment, recycling and efficient use;
  • Establishing a valuation methodology for water use across Bangladesh;
  • Improving institutional setup for water resources management,
  • Increasing private sector and civil society participation in water governance.

As a member of the High-Level Panel on Water, she said, she was committed to innovating frameworks like 2030 WRG.

UNB adds, earlier the Prime Minister along with other global leaders gathered here on Tuesday as the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) began.

The four-day meeting began at Congress Centre in Davos, a mountain resort at Graubünden in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland, under the theme ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership’. On the sidelines of the forum, Sheikh Hasina had also informal interaction with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Swiss President Doris Leuthard. The Chinese President, who was accompanied by the largest delegation of his country since its first participation in an annual meeting in 1979, opened the meeting proceedings. In his speech, the Chinese President said economic globalisation powered worldwide growth and it should not be blamed for the world’s problems. In an attack on the anti-globalisation rhetoric that has led to the election of Donald Trump as the US President and the Brexit vote in the UK, he told a packed audience: “It’s true that economic globalisation created new problems but there’s no justification to write off economic globalisation altogether. Rather we should adapt to and guide economic globalisation, cushion its negative impacts and deliver its benefits for all countries.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the opening plenary and other events of the meeting along with other heads of government and state. Before the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum, WEF Executive Chairman Prof Klaus Schwann called on Sheikh Hasina.

 

Hindon Yatra Workshop in Gautam Budh Nagar

Opportunities for Sustainable Flood Plain Livelihood, Organic Farming, Horticulture and Social Forestry

A Project Development workshop on” Opportunities for Sustainable Flood Plain Livelihood, Organic Farming, Horticulture and Social Forestry” under Multi-stakeholder Action for Hindon River Rejuvenation was jointly organized in the auditorium of the Vikas Bhawan, Surajpur, Gautam Budh Nagar, (Greater NOIDA), Uttar Pradesh by 2030 Water Resources Group, India Water Partnership, Government of Uttar Pradesh and Ganga Jal Biradari on 21st December, 2016.

The workshop was organized under the Chairmanship of Chief Development Officer (CDO) , Mr. Makhan Lal Gupta, with the aim above broad objectives to rejuvenate the Hindon river. Apart from a number of concerned officials of the district; several representatives of NGOs, VOs, CBOs in the State participated in the workshop and expressed their views and suggestions for rejuvenation of Hindon river and also to make it free from pollution. Mr. Rakesh Chauhan, District Information Officer was too present in the workshop.

The representatives of NGOs, VOs, CBOs  expressed their opinions in detail about the organic cultivation, illegal construction, the method of the purification of the water of river and different suggestions were given by all of them. Upon this, the CDO expressed that “all the organisations, which want to give their suggestions with regard to the revival of the Hindon river, are most welcomed to provide their suggestions, so that the joint action can be taken by all of us. To mention few organizations were; Muskan Jyoti, Water Resource Group, Irrigation Department, Indian Water Partnership, FICCI, HNB, Somashram, A TO Z group, The Art of Living, Ganga Jal Biradari, Tarun Bharat Sangh, etc. Outline of some of the innovative works already undertaken/being undertaken by few stakeholders for Hindon river rejuvenation were also discussed in the workshop.

The workshop ended with the conclusion with the remarks by Dr. Vivek Kumar, IIT, Roorkee, Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary-cum-Country Coordinator, India Water Partnership and Ms. Annelieke Laninga (Anna), 2030 Water Resources Group (Coordinator, Hindon River Rejuvenation) to prepare tangible proposals for organic farming and waste water treatment for submission to 2030 Water Resources Group or India Water Partnership to take-up this initiative at ground level for collective action from vision to action for rejuvenation of the Hindon River.

.Other pictures of the workshop

   

 

 

WEF: To achieve the SDGs, the world must work together

News Source: WEF
By: PAUL BULCKE, Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman-designate, Nestlé
Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In contrast to the UN Millennium Development Goals agreed in 2000, the private sector was given the opportunity to provide input and help elaborate the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly. It is only natural that the private sector must, in turn, assume a shared responsibility, in partnership with all other actors in society, to achieve these goals. We have expertise, knowledge and capacity at all levels to contribute to their achievement, especially at the country and community levels.

Moreover, a business can only be successful over time and create value for its shareholders if it also creates value for society as well. At Nestlé, we call this Creating Shared Value. From my perspective, a Creating Shared Value lens can help mobilize companies to identify and focus specific business efforts in support of the SDGs.

Let me go into a bit more detail on what this means for us. First, I would argue that each company must identify those areas where they can have the most impact. For us, driven by our company purpose to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future, our positive impact on society focuses on enabling healthier and happier lives for individuals and families, on helping the development of thriving and resilient communities and finally, on stewarding the planet’s natural resources for future generations.

Second, I would argue that each one of us should leverage their specific comparative advantage to deliver impact. The private sector can bring global scope and scale, implementation capacity, innovation and research capabilities, and efficiency in execution. It is up to each partner to identify how best they can contribute.

But third, and very importantly, we each have to think beyond our own direct operations and fields of activity. We live in an interconnected world and our futures are inextricably linked. For us, it is only through cross-sector, cross-industry and cross-society partnerships that we can scale the societal commitments to which we hold ourselves accountable. So we need to explore and establish dynamic partnerships that explicitly expand our boundaries, particularly at the national and local levels where the necessary flexibility allows us to address locally relevant issues.

The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) and the New Vision for Agriculture (NVA) are two examples of action-oriented multistakeholder partnerships with which we have been involved since their beginnings in the late 2000s. What they both provide is a neutral convening platform where country-level public, private and civil society stakeholders can come together for open discussion, the identification of sustainable solutions and ultimately, transformative change. They are an essential breeding ground for trust, which surely must be the first ingredient for any successful attempt to bring about sustained transformation.

Six years after the 2030 WRG was first incubated at the World Economic Forum to close the gap between water demand and supply by 2030, this public-private partnership is working in 11 countries or states, with 44 proposals for programmes and policies to be implemented – of which 14 are already under implementation – engaging over 500 country partners.

The NVA has engaged over 600 organizations across all stakeholders to simultaneously deliver food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity. It has catalysed multi-stakeholder platforms in 21 countries across Africa, Asia and now Latin America and has, to date, reached over 10.5 million smallholder farmers.

We have learned many things from our experiences with these partnerships. First, it has become even clearer that we cannot achieve system-wide change alone. Actually, no one can do it alone. What we are able to do as a partnership builds on and strengthens what we can do by ourselves. Second, government commitment at all levels is an absolute prerequisite if there is to be real and sustainable impact on the ground. Third, trust is often enhanced through collaborative action at the national or local level where the locally relevant ambition or vision can be defined and a strong sense of pragmatism leveraged. The framework for country-led action developed by the NVA provides useful guidance on this approach.

There are a couple of key prerequisites too, notably having the right “values” frame and the right time frame. The latter – more specifically, a long-term framing – cannot be overemphasized. Transformative change takes time and a long-term framing induces the right values and approach across all stakeholders, often bringing them together. Looking forward, I am optimistic and excited. Since the two partnerships that I have outlined were born, we have come a long way. I look forward to continuing the journey we have started and delivering what we helped elaborate in 2030.

The 2030 Water Resources Group is a platform where public, private, multilateral, and nongovernmental-organization actors collaborate and work toward identifying solutions that increase water sustainability and efficiency. The secretariat of the 2030 Water Resources Group is currently being hosted by the IFC at its Headquarters in Washington D.C.

A participatory Hindon River Council was conceived in Meerut

hindon-vision-to-action-taking-it-forward_20th-oct_meeurt-meeti-004On October 20, 2016, about 25 representatives from local NGOs, private sector and academia came together in Meerut to discuss how to step up efforts to revive the Hindon River Basin. People traveled from the entire river basin area, ranging from Saharanpur to Ghaziabad. They decided to form a so-called Hindon River Council to strengthen collaboration across different stakeholder groups and administrative borders.

 The need was felt to capitalize on a basin-wide information sharing and knowledge exchange process initiated by the 2030 Water Resources Group and its partners in June 2016. Through the co-called Hindon Yatra Exhibition & Symposium series, a momentum has been generated to replicate and scale up actions which were already happening on the ground. As a result of the Hindon Yatra events about 15 tangible project proposals have been developed for a basin-wide “Vision to Action” Plan. The plan includes committed initiatives from community, industry, research and local administration to rejuvenate the Hindon river basin.

 The River Council will continue to build a pipeline of projects and ensure implementation on the ground in the next years. Cleaning up the entire basin will take at least until 2030 – if sufficient funds can be allocated and assuming that government, stakeholders and citizens would join forces. Another task of the Council will be to provide a feedback loop into the formal government process which is anchored in the Hindon Committee, chaired by Divisional Commissioners of Meerut and Saharanpur.

“India Water Partnership has agreed to function as Secretariat of the Hindon River Council. We will be happy to strengthen project implementation and would gladly continue to support the Council’s members with our knowledge and expertise“, said Dr. Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary to India Water Partnership. The first constitutive River Basin Council meeting will be hosted in Ghaziabad on Saturday 10th of December 2016.