Draft of the Budapest Water Statement


Tamas Pocsi
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The most essential remark and suggestion:

para 6 (and para 31): Whilst the universal access is mentioned in para 4.a, in the title of this section (that begins with para 5), in para 5, in para 17, when the more concrete goal is formulated in para 6, it narrows its scope to "homes/households, schools, health centres/facilities, workplaces and .. refugee camps". It contradicts to the provisions of the outcome document of the UNCSD endorsed by the UNGA resolution A/RES/66/288; it reads: "120. .. We commit to the progressive realization of access to safe and affordable drinking water and basic sanitation for all .. 121. We reaffirm our commitments regarding the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, to be progressively realized for our populations .. "
Consequently, it would be reasonable to amend the text in both paras (6 and 31) e.g. as follows:
Achieve universal and sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation with the progressive realization of this goal starting with its realization for all households, schools, health facilities, workplaces and refugee camps.

Further suggestions

para 3 and para 12: Several key "water-dependent" socio-economic sectors are correctly mentioned, however, trade could also be added ((incl. its relevance for the "virtual water" trade/consumption))

para 4.b: ((I guess: .. political considerations / aspects / factors into ..))

para 5: "Narrowing the water and sanitation deficiency gap": actually, there are huge gaps in many regions between the access to safe water and to basic sanitation AND also in general between the developed and developing countries; therefore, some more clarity is needed for this important message.

para 12: At global level due to population growth and economic development, such as ..

para 19: It would be good to devote a separate para to the transboundary watersheds and aquifers ) i.e. split the existing para 19); moreover, to add "agreements", i.e.: through joint institutions, work programmes, agreements and wide ..

para 20: The reference to the different green economies is a rather sensitive issue. It would be better to avoid its differentiation between developed and developing countries, but use the wording from the outcome document of the UNCSD (para 56), namely instead of the present first sentence e.g.: There are different approaches, visions, models and tools available to each country, in accordance with its national circumstances and priorities, to achieve sustainable development and the green economy is one of the important tools in this regard.

Some aspects are missing from or not adequately emphasized in the draft declaration and it would be good at least to mention those, namely:

* resource efficiency (saving water, eff. use are essential in terms of sustainability, technology development etc.)

* sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in terms of freshwater resources (one of the key results of the Rio+20 was the adoption of the 10 years SCP framework ..)

* commitment of the international community (besides the national efforts) to achieve the SDGs incl.
the water-related goal (financing, tech-transfer, capacity-building etc.)"
Tamas Pocsi
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Some general suggestions:
The statement is too lean on transparency and integrity. The MUST of transparency, accountability and above all integrity should be clearly stated: Without integrity there is and will be no sustainability, no fairness, no equity. Universal and sustainable access to Water and Sanitation will remain a dream for many decades or even more permanently if this point is not addressed with priority. The declaration should somehow mention this as an urgency!
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