Objectives

Building on the recent discussion in the context of the High-level Panel on Water, co-convened by the UN Secretary-General and the World Bank Group President, co-chaired by the Presidents of Mauritius and Mexico, the Symposium seeks to provide a platform for a focused and balanced discussion on policy measures, actions and means of implementation to fast-track implementation of the water SDG and related targets. The Symposium will undertake an evidence-based assessment of recent country experiences in advancing integrated water resource management, by sharing lessons learned and good practices in improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene, to increase water use efficiency, reducing water pollution, protecte water basins and ecosystems, and advance international cooperation and partnerships. Participants will also identify and discuss obstacles encountered, and explore opportunities for regional and multilateral cooperation, and partnerships. To this end, it is expected that the Symposium will also provide an occasion for announcing concrete partnership initiatives.