A Valuing Water inspired regional process in Latin America and the Caribbean ahead of the UN 2023 Water Conference
The Hague, the Netherlands, 7 December 2022 – The Valuing Water Initiative (VWI), in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), announced today the launch of a process to inform the implementation of the UN Valuing Water Principles to bring systemic change to the water sector across the region.
ith the support of Deltares and the Global Water Partnership (GWP), VWI will host a series of webinars and working sessions ahead of the ECLAC Regional Water Dialogue early next year in Santiago de Chile. This will help to raise awareness and promote the Valuing Water Principles to countries and stakeholders across the region and inform the preparations of regional strategies for the UN 2023 Water Conference in March co-hosted by Tajikistan and the Netherlands.
The objectives of the UN 2023 Water Conference are aligned with the findings of the High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW) which indicate that recognizing, measuring and expressing water’s multiple values, and incorporating these into decision-making, are fundamental to achieving sustainable and equitable water resources management.
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is the most water-rich region in the world by most metrics. However, water resource distribution throughout the region does not correspond with the geographic distribution of demand with the most populated urban areas reporting high levels of water stress 3 to 12 months of the year. Increasing water-security across the region will require a change in how water is understood, valued and managed.
To learn more about the webinars and tune in please go to https://valuingwaterinitiative.org/vwi-events/
About the Valuing Water Initiative
The Valuing Water Initiative (VWI) calls for water to be prioritised in decision making to ensure we can live in a sustainable water-secure world. VWI uses practical case studies to showcase the implementation of the United Nations Valuing Water Principles in order to bring systemic change in the way water is valued in policy, practice, finance and behaviour and to inspire others to do the same. VWI was launched at the World Economic Forum in January 2019 by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Deltares is the independent knowledge institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface. Throughout the world, we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. From the perspective of water, the subsurface and infrastructure, we will be working on four Mission Areas in which we set out our contributions to the international and Dutch agendas and tasks: Future deltas, Sustainable deltas, Safe deltas and Resilient infrastructure. Managing densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why we work closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes, universities and NGO’s at home and abroad.
About the Global Water Partnership
GWP is an intergovernmental organization and a global network of 13 Regional Water Partnerships, 85 Country Water Partnerships and over 3,000 Partner organizations in 167 countries. Since its inception in 1996, GWP network partners have worked with countries around the world to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable development.