On the occasion of World Water Day 2017, GWOPA, in collaboration with its partners UCLG, ICLEI and the World Water Council, reaffirms that people's access to sanitation and water are key priorities of local and regional governments. The responsibility for Sustainable Development Goal 6 on access to water and sanitation for all falls principally to local authorities and cannot be achieved without good local governance, the sustainable management of natural resources and effective urbanization.
Effective local-level water management is critical to the achievement of many of the important global agendas that have been adopted by the international community, together with local and regional governments and their associations, over the past two years. The full achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the New Urban Agenda all depend on local governments’ capacity to address pressing urban water challenges.
Within the Sustainable Development Goal Framework, the commitment to "ensure access to water and sanitation for all" (SDG 6) is a priority, as the availability of water and sanitation for all citizens is a matter of dignity, health and development. Local and regional governments need to be at the helm of any strategy that will lead to the achievement of this goal, also in view of SDG 11, “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”
2030 - the date that the international community has chosen for achieving the SDGs – is coming fast! Each one of us must assume our responsibilities and put the necessary means in place in order to meet it; no effort should be spared and no decision or action postponed.