WaterLex represented civil society in discussions related to key tools for implementation of the water-related Sustainable Development Goals on Friday, 16 January, and Saturday, 17 January, at the annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference in Zaragoza, Spain. The conference helps UN-Water and affiliated groups prepare for World Water Day on 22 March. For 2015, the theme is “Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action.”
Adoption of the SDGs is expected in September 2015, and will include SDG 6, which sets specific targets for realising the human right to water and sanitation.
On Friday, Moez Allaoui, WaterLex’s senior Legal Desk officer, MENA region, participated in a stakeholder session for civil society. On Saturday, he reported on the results in a panel discussion entitled, “Financing and Economic Instruments: Key tools and lessons learnt from implementation,” which was part of a day-long series of talks about implementation in the Etopia Building, Avenida Ciudad de Soria 8. See the event agenda.
In the PDF files at the links below, see key notes from Allaoui’s report, “Civil Society Contribution to the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals Related to Water: Financing and Economic Instruments.”
Part 1 (financial issues and challenges related to human-right-to-water implementation)
Part 2 (civil society group outputs regarding finance)
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