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on Tue, April 23, 2013 at 05.00 am

The Water Thematic Consultation Report

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GEORGES RADJOU from
Wed, June 5, 2013 at 09.42 pm
It is the citizens who can change their behaviors toward the water- Not governements or regional levels that are only facilitating a water transformative process and enabling a better use of the water resource left. BIRD- I meant if everybody could carry in its pocket a small pocket water purifier a (survival straw)- It is likely that diarrhea, which is a water poisoning would be less- People drink safely water, when no other water resources ar availble- it is small means that can make big jumps. More information and communications are needed. www.slideshare.net/gsradjou
Suzanne Hanchett from
Sat, May 4, 2013 at 08.44 pm
This is an amazing summary of numerous comments on a very complex topic. Congratulations to the team that prepared the draft report! I have a few comments relating to your questions:
1. Is it ambitious enough? Yes. The expansion into water resources management, waste water, etc. is a great improvement over the original MDG relating to water.
2. Does it capture the magnitude of water challenges? There is not enough focus on a) commercial stakeholders (mining, agribusiness, industries) vis-a-vis the water users (the general public) living with the public health risks and water shortages caused by some commercial activities. I know you want to keep the report general and inclusive, but there is a need to address the roles and responsibilities of these stakeholders, not just governments and "people." As 70% of the world's valuable and limited fresh water is used to produce food, industrial-scale agricultural producers have a special responsibility to conserve and protect water resources through improved irrigation techniques and pollution control. Sellers of bottled water also deserve some mention in this document as large users of scarce fresh water resources.
b) Sanitation: It's good that it is included, but the topic needs more focus. Failure to reach sanitation MDGs puts the future of safe water supply in jeopardy. The subject is less well explained in the WASH section than in the paragraph on Water Quality in the Wastewater management and Water Quality section. Please give Sanitation its own section and clearly explain its important connection to the future of safe water supply.
c) The watershed or "basin" approach to water resources management needs more focus. As most watersheds exist across national/state boundaries, there is a need to emphasize the need for some kind of forum which can force negotiations among governmental entities who are mostly looking to their own water security needs and not considering those of others downstream.
3. Do you believe there are pressing water-related challenges that this report has not addressed? The declared human right to water has been manipulated legally to include corporations' rights.
a) This document should specify that corporations are not to be considered persons in this sense. There should be a stipulation that the human right to water relates entirely to the necessity of safe water to maintain human life, human health, and environments essential to human livelihoods.
b) I do not know how to do this, but it would be quite helpful to introduce a few new indicators (qualitative or quantitative) related to connections between water and other aspects of development, including the water-food-energy nexus.
4. What are your suggestions on how to extend outreach and use this report to make the most impact on the post-2015 agenda? It needs an executive summary and more focus. Each section was done by a separate consultative group, so there is a little too much overlap among the sections.

An editorial suggestion:
a) In the summary list, Endorsed Conclusions and Recommendations, move the 7th recommendation ("The world must aim for universal access to safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services") to number 1 or 2 on the list.

Again, I thank you for your enormous and inclusive synthesis effort!

Dr. Suzanne Hanchett
Partner, Planning Alternatives for Change, LLC
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Member, International Women's Anthropology Conference (an NGO affiliated with ECOSOC)
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