Multi Stakeholder Dialogue on Water in the Post-2015 Agenda, Thursday 21 March 2013, Peace Palace, The Hague

This year’s World Water Day provides scope for discussing the post-2015 MDG development agenda – celebrating what has been achieved as well as highlighting what still needs to be done. In this context, an interactive inspirational leadership event called ‘Wings for Water’ will take today, 21 March 2013, with leaders from business, civil society and religious groups. The focus of the event will be a multi-stakeholder dialogue on water in the future global sustainable development framework and the role of actors from civil society (including youth and spiritual leaders) and the business community. They will enter in dialogue with key national, international and (inter) governmental and political representatives. Inspired by the outcomes of the global Thematic Consultation on Water and the debate on different social media, participants will conclude the day with a ‘Wake up Call on Water’. Tomorrow, 22 March 2013,  another event will take place, the International Celebration of World Water Day and High Level Forum. On World Water Day, high-level representatives of the United Nations (UN), civil society organisations (including youth organisations), government and business will come to The Hague to underline and discuss the importance of water cooperation for peace and sustainable development. WWD is organised by UNESCO (on behalf of UN Water), the Dutch government and other organisations from the Netherlands and abroad. The World Water Day is the highpoint of the International Year of Water Cooperation. Its program will allow for the exchange of good examples of water cooperation in the light of global perspectives. What good examples of water cooperation can be used to deliver a shared water message to the world? What good examples do the Netherlands and other countries have on water cooperation?

Programme 21 March 2013, Peace Palace

08:30 – 09:30 Registration of participants

09:30 – 10:40 Opening session

  • H.R.H. the Prince of Orange, Words of Welcome and Opening
  • Ms Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, chairwoman of the High Level Panel on Post 2015 Development Agenda, on the importance of water from a development perspective
  • Ms Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands, on the essence of international attention for water
  • Video message of Mr Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations
  • UN ‘World We Want’. Presentation of the key-findings and outcomes of the Thematic Consultations on Water by Ms Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs (UNICEF), Mr Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) and Mr Bert Diphoorn, Director for Human Settlements and Financing Division of UN-Habitat interviewed by moderator Mr Paul Hohnen
  • Mr Bernard Wientjes, President VNO-NCW – Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, on the international business perspective on water
  • Aims of the Multi Stakeholder Dialogue and the High Level Meeting and the Global Thematic Consultations on Water by Ms Kitty van der Heijden, Ambassador for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 13:00 Round Table Dialogues – Round 1

  • Water in the Post-2015 Agenda: Water and Poverty Reduction, Equity and Sustainability Key Messages of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water
    Moderation by Mr Paul Hohnen and Ms Brigitte van Baren with contribution from Ms Ikal Angelei, Friends of Lake Turkana, Kenya
  • Presentation of Blue Water Passports to participants from Asia, Africa and Latin America by Ms Maggie White, Associate Secretary General of ISW, Canada

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Buffet in the Foyer

14:00 – 15:00 Round Table Dialogues – Round 1 (continued)

  • Plenary feedback from the morning session of the Round Tables and plenary discussion to agree on concluding elements for the ‘Wake up Call’ and selection of two key challenges
  • Musical performance by Ms Neda Boin and Dr Rum

14:45 – 15:00 Round Table Dialogues – Round 2

  • Ms Nafisa Barot, Director of Utthan, India, non-governmental perspectives on sustainable, gender-sensitive processes for development and end-users of water
  • Ms Patti Londoño, Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Colombia on governmental financing of water

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:00 – 18:00 Round Table Dialogues – Round 2 (continued)

  • Taking action towards Inclusive Finance for WASH, Water Resources and Waste Water and Water Quality – Key Messages of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water
    Moderation by Mr Paul Hohnen and Ms Ama van Dantzig
  • Wrap up of the discussion per table
  • Plenary feedback from round 2 and plenary discussion to agree on concluding elements for the ‘Wake up Call on Water’ and selection of two key challenges with comments by Mr Richard (Roy) TORKELSON, United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
  • Plenary discussion on the recommendations from the two dialogue rounds on the Thematic Consultations on Water

18:00 Grand finale of the day
Spectacular and Interactive Presentation of the “Wake up Call on Water” agreed by delegates of the Multi Stakeholder dialogue

18:15 – 21:00 Reception and walking dinner in the historic main hall of the International Peace Palace. With background music by concert pianist Jelmer van Veen

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