High Level Panel on Water
Introduction
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the World Bank Group Dr. Jim Yong Kim convened a High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), consisting of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, to provide the leadership required to champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services.

The core focus of the Panel is the commitment to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, as well as to contribute to the achievement of the other SDGs that rely on the development and management of water resources.

On 21 September 2016 the HLPW called for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water. The Panel issued an Action Plan for a new approach to water management that will help the world to achieve the 2030 agenda, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The HLPW commits itself to take action on water, and calls upon Heads of State and Government, and all people, to do the same.

The Panel was announced by the co-conveners at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2016, and officially launched in April 2016 in New York. The Panel is a time-bound initiative, established for an initial period of two years.
Action Plan
This Action Plan is a living document which we expect to update over the life of panel. Together, the action areas described below, represent a comprehensive and integrated approach to helping ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (SDG 6), as well as contribute to the achievement of the other SDGs that rely on the development and management of water resources. 

The areas of action are summarized in the accompanying graphic, which together represent a comprehensive agenda for action. Each action area is interdependent with others, and a number of specific actions are therefore overlapping and mutually reinforcing.

The work to date has been guided by a number of key considerations and principles, including:

  • Political leadership for a comprehensive approach - technical solutions to many of the world’s water problems already exist but strong and coordinated political leadership is required to make progress;
  • A commitment to the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation;
  • Transparency and inclusion – all interested organizations shall be given equal chances to engage and contribute;
  • Autonomy – organizations need to define, organize and drive their own engagement in support of the agenda – the Panel will set directions and provide momentum;
  • Collaboration – having an effective working interface between existing organizations and the Panel is critical. It will include both online and direct interactions with the Panel or their Sherpas;
  • Continuous engagement through regular consultations.