03.09.2019 -

New publication on advances in water security in LAC

© Farah Dorval

The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and the Conference of Ibero-American Water Directors (CODIA) presents the publication: "Ensuring water availability, sustainable management and sanitation for all: implementation of public policies in Latin America and the Caribbean." This document hopes to provide an updated vision on advances in water security and includes perspectives on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 in terms of controlled public policies for access and sustainable water management in our region. Its objective is to highlight the importance of the right to freshwater, recognized and incorporated into regional agendas, in such a way that it raises collective awareness and contributes to the improvement of living conditions of the societies.

The publication "Ensuring water availability, sustainable management and sanitation for all: implementation of public policies in Latin America and the Caribbean" presents the results of a research project that involves the objective of analyzing and disseminating the public policies of the water sector, in addition to recognizing the experiences that may add value to the sector in the region. The publication presents the debate on the implementation of SDG 6 in the region, in government spheres, management agencies, and in communities. The analysis carried out takes into account the available documentation on the water sector, and consultations made to the water authorities, Chairs and UNESCO Centers in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Four years after the beginning of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, UNESCO –through the IHP- and CODIA present the results of work carried out in coordination with professionals linked to the water sector: Mr. Carlos Estévez (Chile), Mr. Patricia Herrera (Mexico) and Mr. Alessandra Tribocchi (Uruguay). It allows to develop and share knowledge about access to water in our region, as a cross-cutting component for human development.

The document is divided in three sections of wide relevance for the sector analysis where, in the first instance, public policies for the implementation of the SDGs related to water are discussed, in a second chapter, the role of information and reliable knowledge, and the importance of research, development and innovation (R+D+I) for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), and finally, in a third chapter, the implementation of public policies to “Leave no one behind”, giving light to water and sanitation as a human right, creating bridges between decision makers, academia and communities.

We expect that this work illustrates and links the advances and challenges of the region in terms of water security, that it contributes to collaborative and democratic solutions towards global equality.

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