Statement of LAMG for III OWG working session on Water and Sanitation
Local and regional authorities consider Water and Sanitation Management as a Global Issue and request that access to water and sanitation be ensured as a basic service, a strong tool to reduce poverty and tackle inequalities.
The Post-2015 agenda should address the issue of access to basic services and a special focus should be given to access to water, recognized as an international human right by a resolution of the General Assembly (A/RES/64/292) in July 2010. The resolution is calling on States and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and transfer technology, particularly to developing countries, in scaling up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.
Cities and local authorities are key actors in the development and implementation of basic services based on their strong convening power and their potential to develop key partnership with the civil society and private sector. Following the “International guidelines on decentralization and access to basic services for all” adopted by UN Habitat, the Post-2015 agenda should implement an effective decentralization of responsibilities, policy management, decision-making authority and sufficient resources, including revenue collection authority.
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