Webinar series | Strengthening Water Governance in Peru

Continuing the collaboration with the Ministry of Environment under the framework of the “Dialogue on Water Governance with the OECD” process, 2030 WRG and the World Bank Water Global Practice are supporting the organization of a series of virtual sessions focused on strengthening local capacities around water security, governance, economic instruments for water risk management, and regulatory framework.

Participants are public officers from the institutions that are part of the Multisectoral Commission set by the Peruvian Government to lead the process: the Presidency of Council of Ministries; Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation; National Water Authority (ANA); Ministry of Health; Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation; Ministry of Energy and Mining; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Environment; Technical Agency for the Administration of Sanitation Services (OTASS); Water Supply and Sanitation Regulator (SUNASS); and Ministry of Production.

This webinar series is part of the activities being undertaken in preparation for the Policy Seminar with the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This in turn is part of the ongoing “Dialogue on Water Governance” process that is jointly implemented between the Government of Peru and the OECD, and has started in January 2019. A preliminary version of the OECD’s assessment and recommendations on water governance in the country will be shared and discussed during this seminar.

Webinar | Strategic Partnerships for a Common Water Agenda in the Americas: Experience from Brazil

September 25, 2020 – Organized by the Organization of American States, this webinar gathered water specialists from diverse organizations in Brazil to mitigate potential climate change impacts on water resources and address water-related risks. The virtual meeting aimed at sharing experiences, lessons learned, and good practices from Brazil to better respond to recurring water crises across the Americas using a collaborative approach. Brazil shared its experience in facing droughts while 2030 WRG – drawing from the case of the partnership’s own program and current initiatives in São Paulo – shared its global experience in establishing multi-stakeholder platforms to advance the implementation of coordinated actions for water security.

Participants included representatives and national experts from sectors that are repeatedly affected by droughts and floods in Brazil and elsewhere in the Americas, members of the hydrometeorological community, and decision-makers.

50L Home Coalition: Next-Generation Urban Water Management

Integrated solutions that deliver 50L per day, per person
in-home water consumption in urban residential living.

Water has been a top five risk on the World Economic Forum Development Report for nine consecutive years. This speaks to the insufficiency of our collective efforts to-date to address this risk. We understand the impacts and dependencies of water on other key risks. For example, the failure of urban planning and critical infrastructure failure, and many other risk factors that are relevant for today’s discussions around water security.

Water risk manifests at a local level. And what we see is that more and more cities are impacted by water stress. Three quarters of the world’s largest 20 cities are experiencing water scarcity. This impacts food and energy security and ultimately causes hardship for people. In cities across the world from LA to São Paolo, from Cairo to Chennai, we are seeing city officials needing to respond. The water stress that Cape Town experienced in 2018 was a day-zero scenario where the threat of running out of water catalyzed much stakeholder action.

And as is often the case, crisis compels action, but can also lay the foundations for a more resilient future. At the height of the drought in Cape Town, citizens were limited to 50 liters per person per day. When one compares this to global averages, this is up to 10 times less than some cities in the US, for example. What Cape Town taught us was that 50 liters per person per day is sufficient. The need for concerted action between business, cities, and civil society to accelerate action towards water security, is where the 50 Liter Home Coalition works with multiple stakeholders to build a global movement that catalyzes action on the ground.

To learn more, please see below the materials from the virtual events organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, fellow Coalition member:

50L P&G Infographic

50L Home Coalition Logos

 

“Restarting Economies, Building Resilience”: 2030 WRG Affiliate Session at World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020

2030 WRG participated in the Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit with an affiliate session that, in light of COVID-19, stressed the need to raise water as a top priority of stakeholders and further busting of silos. The session gathered over 150 people and shared how MSPs mobilize action and lead to results with country examples focused around reforms generated through MSPs in transforming value chains and building resilience. 

Please see the link to the recording
See also attached Mr Sandigawad’s remarks (translated into English). He spoke in Hindi during the event. Apologies the closed captioning did not work for everyone.

Speakers included (in order of appearance)

  • Mari Pangestu, Managing Director Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank
  • Tony Milikin, Chief Sustainability, Procurement, and Circular Ventures Officer, AB InBev
  • Vimal Shah, Chairman, Bidco Africa, Kenya
  • Mercedes Castro, CEO, Agualimpia, Peru
  • Andrew Tuimur, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation, Kenya
  • KV Raju, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of Uttar Pradesh State, India
  • Ajay Bathija, Managing Director, Coca Cola Bangladesh
  • Anil Jain, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Jain Irrigation, India
  • Ningappa Sandigawad, Progressive Farmer, Ramthal, India
  • Juergen Voegele, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
  • Paul Bulcke, Chairman of the Board, Nestlé

The discussions focused on three key areas of joint action:

  1. making a strong, evidence-based case for water as a public health priority; for water as an environmental priority; and for water as an economic growth priority – and the need to break down the silos between these;
  2. the crucial importance of country ownership and locally-led, multi-stakeholder partnerships to drive policy and implementation on the ground that is inclusive, transparent and scalable;
  3. the importance of transforming value chains across different industry sectors, from agriculture to mining and manufacturing.

Sessions conclusions and next steps include:

  • Delving deeper and leveraging WBG investments for greater impact in the countries of 2030 WRG Multi-Stakeholder Platforms
  • Expanding 2030 WRG presence from national and state levels to the city level as well as gradually to new countries
  • Innovating faster and shaping the global agenda on value chain transformation, circular economy promotion and resilience, for systemic impact.

2030 WRG has already developed collective action models across 14 countries and states. Now, as part of the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, the program needs to scale, replicate, and expand its impact in the 10-year stretch to reach the 2030 SDGs.

We look forward to continuing the conversation with many of you and if you would like reach out to us about deeper involvement in 2030 WRG, please do get in touch.

2030 WRG at 2020 WWWeek At Home

World Water Week 2020 has been held online this year with virtual adaptations of all sessions. The theme for WWWeek At Home this year was ‘Accelerate Action on Climate Change’ and ran 24-28 August, 2020. Thanks to all of you who were able to join the sessions and engage with us on important topics. Please see below recordings of our Water Week sessions.

50L HOMES AND THE FUTURE OF URBAN WATER & ENERGY

This session was a call to action to the global water community to engage in the 50L Home Coalition, a multi-stakeholder collaboration launched later in 2020. The session introduces the rationale and objectives of the Coalition and identified key areas for collaboration that lead to water and energy efficiency in the home. Read more >>


Video 50L Home Webinar Recording WorldWaterWeek 2020

BUILDING RESILIENCE AT ALL LEVELS – FROM LOCAL TO NATIONAL

With a largely urbanized population, Brazil faces unresolved historical social and infrastructure deficits, resulting in precarious urbanization territories. Especially in big cities, old challenges, as insufficient fresh water reserves, incomplete water distribution and sewage treatment, pollution of water sources, are aggravated by climate change, demanding new policies towards water security. Read more >>

NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS WATER SCARCITY DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The session focused the dialogue around the central role that NBS plays to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), highlighting the social, economic and environmental co-benefits. Participants discussed the contributions of NBS to improve water security and create resilience in a future scenario of water scarcity. Read more >>

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COOPERATION TO LEVERAGE THE SDG6 IN THE BUSINESS AGENDA

The session discussed the link between climate change and its impact on WASH. The session brought together representatives from various countries to discuss impacts of access to water and sanitation that they are facing due to climate change. Read more >>