Following up on commitments – SIWI´s role at the HLPF
The review of SDG 6 at this year’s HLPF is a crucial opportunity for SIWI’s engagement.
First, SIWI’s Acting Executive Director, Karin Gardes, offered a non-state actor perspective as a panelist during the formal SDG6 Review. The review took place on 11 July in the UN Headquarters. Her intervention highlights the need for increased cross-sectoral cooperation to target significant progress on achieving the SDG.
The Water Action Agenda, despite concerns, is a hugely valuable mosaic of water action enabling more coordinated action and multi-stakeholder constituencies and partnerships at different levels. With over 800 commitments, the Agenda shows the desire for true transformative action.
The Water Action Agenda, therefore, needs to go beyond monitoring and evaluation and requires a set of coordination mechanisms to promote collective action. These mechanisms need to enable involved actors to self-organize, meet and converge thinking over the long-term actions towards their common goals.
Good, holistic, inclusive and gender transformative governance, political will and leadership will be the essential requirements for this shift towards continuous collective action. SIWI announced its readiness to lend its platforms for fostering political will and partnerships to benefit people and planet.
SIWI is further co-organizing the official Swedish side event at the HLPF. On 18 July, the event “Sharing experiences of managing natural resources holistically from source to sea” takes place at the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN. The event is a follow-up on the commitments made about source-to-sea management at the UN 2023 Water Conference, particularly around implementation and on-the-ground action.
The side-event is guided by lessons learned from SIWI’s case study on “Design and Accountability for Source-to-Sea Action on Plastic” in Hoi An, Vietnam and shows the work with SDG implementation, addressing the increasing problem of plastic pollution.
The event aims to bring forth the need for holistic and systemic approaches which source-to-sea management represents. Accelerating the progress towards the 2030 Agenda will rely on addressing several SDGs simultaneously. Acceleration is needed yet lagging. Therefore, gamechangers, such as source-to-sea management, are needed to shift towards more sustainable, equitable and resilient societies.
Further contributions and pathways forward at the Forum
In addition to the abovementioned events, SIWI is also presented in two additional sessions.
- On 11 July, SIWI’s Acting Executive Director, Karin Gardes moderated a Dutch side event “Leveraging the Resident Coordinator System and UN Country Teams for the implementation of the Water Action Agenda”. The event explored the challenges of the Resident Coordinator System, which is one of the potential follow-up mechanisms for the Water Action Agenda.
- On July 12, Karin Gardes contributed to a Swiss side event on transboundary cooperation entitled “Fostering Transboundary Water Cooperation: Unlocking Multifaceted Benefits for Sustainable Development and Peace”. The event acts as a follow-up to Interactive Dialogue 4 of the UN 2023 Water Conference, taking stock and reflecting on direct benefits arising from transboundary water cooperation. Karin referred to the vast knowledge already accumulated by transboundary river basin organizations doing this work on the ground. She also mentioned the Women in Water Diplomacy network, which seeks to create more effective transboundary cooperation through the increased participation of women.
- Another important event is of course the SDG 6 and Water Action Agenda Special Event. The special event will be a crucial step towards SDG 6 due to its focus on continuing where the UN 2023 Water Conference of March left off and launching the Blueprint for Acceleration: SDG 6 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation 2023.
SIWI at the 2023 High-Level Political Forum
To achieve the 2030 Agenda, the world needs to change gears and shift its thinking. SIWI participates in the 2023 High-Level Political Forum to share knowledge about how holistic water governance can keep the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals within reach.See more events