It has been emphasised that a new water decade is key to meeting the world’s development needs. The UN General Assembly’s unanimous adoption of the resolution “International Decade (2018-2028) for Action — Water for Sustainable Development” last December demonstrates the international community’s concerted will to move in the right direction.
To set the agenda in motion, UN-Water, in its 26th meeting on 6-7 February 2017, decided on the establishment of a Task Force to support the planning and organisation of the Water Decade. The Task Force will be co-coordinated by the UN-Water Secretary and Reza Ardakanian, Director of the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and Resources (UNU-FLORES). Upon inviting members and partners to join, the Task Force will begin work between now and the start of the Decade on World Water Day 2018.
The December UNGA Resolution establishes the Water Decade in support of the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6 and other water-related SDGs. . Amongst the key objectives is a greater focus on the sustainable development and integrated management of water resources, as well as continued cooperation and partnership at all levels. It also calls on UN-Water, as the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater-related issues, in the planning and implementation of the Decade.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-FLORES website.