The objectives of the Political Commission are to facilitate a better understanding of water issues by political decision-makers, including outside the water sector, and to help give greater consideration to these issues at all levels of decision-making. Its mandate is to:
- coordinate the work of the 3 political segments (local and regional authorities / parliamentarians / governments) that the political outcomes effectively reflect the main issues, action targets and solutions emerging from the experts analyses and from regional priorities;
- build on previous fora and move forward, by reviewing the commitments made (parliamentarians’ help desk, “Istanbul consensus” for local and regional authorities and “water champion cities”, topics in the ministerial declaration) and then taking forward selected topics or new commitments;
- monitor the implementation of the decisions from the Forum of Istanbul and include into political documents (declarations, recommendations or voluntary commitments) the new recommendations of the various thematic and regional processes.
The political process is chaired by Sujiro Seam, Deputy Director of the Global public goods directorate at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and the Vice-President is András Szöllösy-Nagy, UNESCO- Institute for Water Education’s Rector.
French MP for the Pas-de-Calais
World Water Council
Local/Regional Authorities Process
Former French Minister of environment –Mayor of Bourges
World Water Council
Minstry of Foreign and European Affairs
World Water Council/ UNESCO
UNEP Governing Council
World Water Day (Cape Town)
PrepCom 2 « Rio +20 »
World Water Week (Stockholm)
PrepCom 2 World Water Forum
World Water Forum (Marseille)
The ministerial process wishes to make progress on targets specific to the Istanbul Ministerial Statement or standing out in the international negotiations, and to have the Marseille Forum’s recommendations recognised as a contribution to other ongoing UN processes, for example, on water and health (WHO) or the Rio+20 Conference (Mid 2012) via the green economy.
The parliamentarian process aims at developing the permanent international Parliamentary “Helpdesk”. This tool will facilitate political cooperation regarding water-related legislation and will help share best practices and domestic water-related legislation.
The Local and Regional Authorities process will highlight Local and Regional Authorities’ major role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The 6th World Water Forum will build on the results of the political processes organised previously. Thereby, the Istanbul Water Consensus (IWC), main output of the Local and Regional Authorities political process of the 5th World Water Forum (Istanbul, 2009), is the cornerstone of the Local and Regional Authorities process of the 6th World Water Forum.
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