At the eighth session of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development ( New York, 20th April to 5th May) the ACC Subcommittee on Water Resources made an hour presentation about UN inter-agency activities. A key activity was the production of the Secretary General report on "The progress in provision of drinking water supply and sanitation in the 1990's" and the ACC Subcommittee will also begin work on the first World Water Development Report (WWDR, to be produced in 2002). The process of WWDR production, they said, would require input from governments but also more widely. Its focus will broadly aim to highlight world progress towards freshwater related objectives in Agenda 21, monitor implementation of World Water Vision, outline status of global freshwater (in social, economic and environment context), monitor regional, river basin continental and global trends, including country comparisons. It will be published every two years. The ACC are coordinating the process assisted by UNESCO (Other UN institutions are inputting and supporting the process), which will include:
Contact: UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, Secretariat to the ACC Sub-committee on Water Resources Tel: +1212 963 4208, email: email@example.com
The Secretary General's report on progress achieved in the provision of WSS is available on the web at: Report of the Secretary-General on Progress made in providing safe water supply and sanitation for all during the 1990s
Dr. Fritz Holzwarth, Deputy Director General of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Directorate Water Management, Soil Protection and Clean up of contaminated Sites), gave a short presentation at the same meeting on the "International Conference on Freshwater", the follow up to Dublin, in Bonn (January, 2002). It will be a review of Agenda 21 Ch.18 and the principle aims include:
* discussions on policy and strategy
for a more integrated approach, including river-basin management issues
* cross-sectoral linkages, water-trade-agriculture and the linkage between UN Conventions e.g. desertification, wetlands, biological diversity.
* Case studies of best practice
The German government want to encourage a "process that is participatory and transparent" and will start as soon as possible in 2000. He said that this would take place principally at the regional level and across sectoral groups. It is a joint coordination between Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Bonn.
The UN CSD NGO freshwater caucus is in a good position to push for more open and accountable processes for the World Water Development Report and the Bonn meeting, to ensure that NGOs can be more effectively involved by linking into these processes now. We invite interested NGOs to join the UN CSD NGO freshwater caucus and sign up to the e-group to express your interest in this process, as well as outline any activities you would like to see or input for both of these opportunities. See egroup or for further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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