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Local and regional governments adopt a shared vision for a sustainable future Featured

The 8th World Water Forum, taking place from 18 to 23 March 2018, is the largest international water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council.

The Forum brings together over 30,000 participants, including global leaders, opinion makers, experts and professionals with the objective of building political commitment and action on critical water issues.

Within the Forum, GWOPA/UN-Habitat co-convened, together with the WorldWater Council (WWC), the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Brazilian Confederation of Municipalities (CNM) and the Secretariat of Federal Affairs of Brazil, the 5th International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities for Water. The two-day gathering brought together over 400 mayors, governors, utility managers and local water leaders for political and technical exchanges about localizing global goals through sound water management in cities and regions.

Key takeaways

Throughout the Conference of Local and Regional Authorities for Water, speakers and participants recalled the common challenges many municipalities share, particularly the impacts of climate change on water resources. As cities face more frequent and severe periods of water scarcity or extreme flooding, local governments noted their major role in adopting innovative solutions to secure access to water and sanitation for all. 

The value of knowledge exchange across borders and within cities was highlighted during the plenary sessions. Cities are sharing their know-how with one another and encouraging public engagement through transparent communication – where citizens become partners in addressing water-related challenges. Though, local leaders advocated for improved partnerships between all levels of government and global support to build technical and programmatic capacity.

An urgent call for action

The 5th International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities gave cities around the world a renewed political boost to address water issues.

The “Brasilia Local and Regional Governments Call for Action on Water” was adopted on the 21st of March 2018. The declaration outlines 5 recommendations to strengthen the implementation of water-related policy, programmes and initiatives at the local and regional levels.

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