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High Level Panel on Water
Initiatives
The High Level Panel on Water is implementing the Action Plan through specific initiatives, and calls upon all actors to contribute and build on what they are already doing. Currently the Panel is working on the following initiatives:


Introduction

In April 2016 the United Nations Secretary-General and President of the World Bank Group 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 was 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. (Background note)

On 14 March 2018 the HLPW mandate ended with the release of their outcome package consisting of an open letter to fellow leaders, an outcome document, short summaries of key initiatives undertaken by the Panel and a “galvanizing” video.

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 e ffective 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.
Outcome

On 14 March 2018 the High-Level Panel on Water released their outcome package consisting of an open letter to fellow leaders, an outcome document, short summaries of key initiatives undertaken by the Panel and a “galvanizing” video.

The outcome document offers an agenda and recommendations for action that reflect their distinct perspectives and experiences as leaders from different regions of the world, and the short video shows how the world can respond effectively to the challenges we face.

The HLPW urges a new approach: rethinking how we understand, value and manage water as a precious resource, catalysing change and building partnerships to achieve the water-related goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.