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Recommendations for Rio+20 Rio+20 presents an opportunity to renew Member States’ water resources commitments and propose more ambitious, but achievable goals and targets. Rio+20 must not aim to reinvent the wheel in terms of water commitments, but rather incorporate existing commitments within the frameworks of action that will be approved at the conference. The efficacy of these policies needs to be complemented by institutional frameworks with sufficient capacity to manage water resources. There is a need to gain a comprehensive global perspective on water governance, incorporating international water law, in conjunction with domestic law and organizational framework. When referring to the development of economic policies such as the ones being proposed by Rio+20, it is necessary for Member States to put in place safeguards to protect citizens’ water access. • Member States must recognize the human right for water in national water strategies. • Water strategies should clarify the entitlements and responsibilities of water users and water providers. Additional clarification must be issued for the roles of government, private sector and civil society institutions. Such roles must specify the rights, duties and obligation for men and women, where appropriate. • Policies must establish gender indicators and conduct gender audits to strengthen women’s participation in governance processes. Collection and analysis of gender-disaggregated data would need to be made mandatory for developing effective gender indicators. • Water strategies for access must incorporate a Sustainable Cost-Recovery mechanism to finance infrastructure while protecting the most vulnerable populations. • Multi-stakeholder consultations should be encouraged at the basin-level to promote a better distribution of water resources. • The water-energy-food-security nexus must be recognized at Rio+20. There is a necessity to integrate water in development and sectoral policies. These should include agricultural, rural and urban development, and energy related policies to promote efficient water use throughout all productive sectors. In this regard, governments and private sectors must facilitate research and grant incentives to advocate water efficiency and water quality monitoring technologies. • There is a need to include a SDG for water that incorporates the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of water management.

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Rio+20: A Water Guide for Young Water Experts  

Water will be a central component of the Rio discussions due to its role in the green economy. Furthermore, water management structures will...

Rio+20: A Water Guide for Young Water Experts  

Water will be a central component of the Rio discussions due to its role in the green economy. Furthermore, water management structures will...

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