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UN-Water Regional Expert Consultation on
Water Security in Asia-Pacific

The Japan Water Forum attended the UN-Water Regional Expert Consultation on Water Security in Asia-Pacific held at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand on November 9th and 10th. It was co-organized by UNESCAP and United Nations University . The JWF made a presentation on its major activities, particularly about the Asia-Pacific Water Forum and the policy recommendations toward the enhancement of water security in Asia and the Pacific Region, and its support for grass-roots activities in developing countries.

This meeting was held under the auspices of the UN-Water Water Security Task Force in order to identify water security issues in the Asia-Pacific region and to discuss sustainable pathways to the achievement of water-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals) .

Experts and administrators from the Asia-Pacific region made presentations on their activities from the viewpoints of five dimensions of water security: household, economic, environmental, urban security, and extreme events. They also presented perspectives on water security in Asia and the Pacific (Agenda) .

First, the JWF made a presentation on water security issues identified at high-level meetings in the region at a session entitled Perspectives on Water Security(Presentation Data). The presentation included activities, strengths of the JWF and APWF, and outcomes of the first and second Asia-Pacific Water Summit. It also referred to discussions about the improvement of water security as well as the challenges of water security in Asia and the Pacific. The JWF also called for further cooperation and collaboration from various organizations for the success of the third Asia-Pacific Water Summit, to be held in 2017. The summit is aimed at sending a message for the improvement of water security to regional government leaders and urging them to take concrete actions. Based on the presentation, participants exchanged frank opinions so that the water security agenda would be included in the Asia-Pacific regional road-map for implementing SDGs

Next, at a session on household water security, the JWF made a presentation on good examples of and challenges for its various grass-roots activities towards the improvement of drinking water and sanitation in developing countries in the Asia- Pacific region(Presentation Data). We emphasized the importance of organizing good practices and lessons systematically in accordance with local situations, and the necessity of a strategic plan for improving the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle in order to achieve SDGs through grass-roots activities. (summary of the presentation)

In the open discussion, participants talked about the benefits of multi-sectoral approaches involving different partners utilizing institutional, regulatory, financial, environmental benefits, and exchanged opinions about the chances and challenges of building cities which are sustainable and resilient against water-related disasters by making use of efficient water infrastructure. At the end, to summarize the discussion, a recommendation was formulated which emphasized the necessity of additional research, capacity building, the establishment of data and knowledge sharing systems, and assistance towards the diffusion of good practices in order to achieve water-related SDGs. It also stressed the necessity of cooperation across sectoral and national boundaries. The recommendation was presented at the Expert Consultation on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific, which was organized by UNESCAP and held from November 11th to 13th.

JWF continues to work hard together with UN organizations for the resolution of water issues at home and abroad through policy recommendations .

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