World Water day 2018- Statement from WaterNet

22 March 2018

Today the World is celebrating our humanity and our future. The future we want as per agenda 2030 is framed around the sustainable development goals and water is central. 2018 celebrations of the world water day are taking place while the 8th World Water Forum (WWF) is taking place in Brazilia, Brazil under the overall theme of sharing water. The World water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event which is taking place for the first time in a country from the Southern Hemisphere. The themes of this world class water event are articulated around Climate, People, Development, Urban, Ecosystems and Finance.

The 8th World Water Forum has set its ambitions high and would like to innovate by issuing the Sustainability Declaration which intends to call on all stakeholders to pay more attention toward the current water policies, situations. The main argument is that water is facing growing challenges and current actions are not adequate nor sufficient for the world to achieve the agreed upon targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. There is therefore a need for urgent mobilisation and renewed commitment and joint efforts in order to work toward a better future as enshrined in Agenda 2030 document.

In the SADC region, the visionary leadership, we have seen the need to advance the water agenda through the fourth Regional Strategic Action plan for the water sector (RSAP 4) which recognises global efforts and commitments such as Agenda 2030. RSAP 4 went ahead and recognised the critical need to have institutions and human’s capacity enhanced in order to unlock water resources potentials for regional integration and economic development through initiatives and institutions such as WaterNet.

WaterNet and all its members would like to reiterate our unwavering support and commitment toward advancing and building human and institutional capacity for the water sector as we celebrate the world water day in the SADC region. WaterNet is grateful for the opportunity, trust and support provided by SADC member States and International Cooperating partners in the delivery of its mandate. As WaterNet implements this current phase (2017-2021), there is the recognition that water solutions can only be generated if they are co-formulated with all parties involved and interested especially in the face of climate change. Similarly emphasis on the fact that intrinsic and adequate financial means and ownership from the SADC members States will certainly sustain current and noble efforts of capacity building for the water sector.

We celebrate water , we celebrate life today!

Dr Jean-Marie Kileshye Onema

Executive Manager