WaterLex at the First Meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative in Paris

WaterLex participated in the First Meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initative at OECD Headquarters in Paris on 27-28 March, which aimed at launching a multi-stakeholders forum allowing all water actors to share good practices with the view to meeting water governance targets identified in Marseilles by 2015. The Initiative intents to ensure continued momentum between the 6th and the 7th World Water Forum to be held in 2015 in Daegu, South Korea.

In order to ensure consistency and continuity, the importance of sharing best practices, methodologies and tools between all water actors was highlighted so as to build on what already exists and exchange views on lessons learnt from failures and sucesses. In that respect the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation, which is taking place one year after the 6th World Water Forum in Marseilles, constitutes an ideal opportunity to review the progress achieved to date and set up follow-up instruments until the next World Water Forum in Daegu.

It has notably been decided that an Observatory on water governance would be created so as to keep track of all water solutions, initiatives, methodologies and tools supporting water governance and to allow water actors to access this key information for their respective know-how.

WaterLex underlined the need to fully pay heed to the human rights-based approach to water governance in odrer to be in line with the obligations resulting from the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation by the United Nations General Assembly and Human Rights Council. WaterLex also emphasised that it has developed two tools aiming at assisting water actors in this process: the WaterLex Legal Database on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, and WaterLex Toolkit to integrate the human right to water and sanitation in development practice.

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