On the occasion of the 6th World Water Forum, held in Marseille from 12 to 17 March 2012, 350 local and regional elected officials from across the 5 continents have met to increase international the mobilization of local and regional authorities on the issues of water and sanitation and to reinforce the commitments agreed upon in the Istanbul Water Consensus. In the framework of the Forum’s political process, the World Water Council organized, jointly with UCLG, the 3rd International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities for Water. With 12 thematic sessions, this International Conference presented the advances realized under the Istanbul Water Consensus since its adoption during the 5th World Water Forum in 2009, and allowed participants to exchange on key issues such as water and urbanization, cooperation and solidarity, as well as regional governance.
Political Message from Local and Regional Authorities
Photos and Videos of the Conference of Local and Regional Authorities
Photos from the Opening ceremony are available here:
Photos from the Ceremony of signature of the Istanbul Water Consensus are available here:
Videos are available here: http://www.worldwaterforum6.org/?id=306
It's a global compact signed on a voluntary basis by Local and Regional Authorities willing to adapt their water infrastructure and services to the emerging challenges they are increasingly facing such as climate change, rapid urban growth, depletion and pollution of water resources or ageing infrastructure.
Through the signature of the document, LRA commit to prepare action plans, to develop targets and related indicators to monitor progress toward these targets. The implementation phase is being supported by a number of Champion Cities acting as drivers and guides for implementation on particular challenges. Cities and Regions also commit to reporting back on the progress at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille.
As of March 2012, more than 1000 Mayors from 58 countries have signed it.
The text of the Istanbul Water Consensus is available in 9 languages:
1. Get approval from the appropriate local authority
3. Return it to the World Water Council,
- by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- or by fax: +33 4 91 99 41 01
4. Define your targets and commitments (cf.Guidelines in Annex of the Istanbul Water Consensus) and send your electronic file (Excel, Word, Pdf or ppt) to email@example.com
Ultimately, the expected outcome of this process is a stronger recognition of the role of Local and Regional authorities in the global political debate on water.