Water Governance defines Water Governance to constitute the political, social, economic, technical and administrative processes that influence the way in which water is distributed and managed. Underpinning these processes are the principles of transparency, integrity, accountability and equitable access to water and sanitation. This is also why NEWAS supports the implementation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, that was accepted by the UN in 2010.
Aim and projects
The Water Governance aims to be the focal point on issues that relate to Water Governance and Youth both within and outside of the Water Youth Network. This translates into 2 overarching topics:
- Young people and the Sustainable Development Goals
Youth is recognised as an extremely well-placed actor to make a difference by adopting innovations and raising awareness, and are an important actor to invest in as they are the next generation of decision makers and implementers. Therefore, young people are an extremely important actor in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals over the course of the next 15 years.
Network for Water and Sanitation is well placed to support the implementation of the SDGs by developing the capacity of young people in the water sector worldwide, sharing best practices of implementing the SDGs, and facilitating the development of consortia of youth organizations both at the international and local level. We have strengthened, and are strengthening the relations between youth actors at the UN level, such as the Major Group of Children and Youth, for which NEWAS has the role of providing input on water and the Young Leaders on SDGs, as well as to youth organisations at the national and local level, with the support of the aforementioned YouKnoW platform. We want to build on these strong and large networks, and the YouKnoW! platform to support young people to contribute to the implementation of the SDGs related to water and improve the acknowledgment of the contribution of young people.
Find more information about the SDGs below:
- Knowledge hub on SDG goal 6Goal 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation, with articles, policy briefs, updates and information about relevant events.
- UN website providing an overview of the Goals, background information and the targets set for each goal.
- UN Water website with information about monitoring of progress and sharing of information to the UN.
- World Bank “Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2017″ uses maps, charts and analysis to illustrate, trends, challenges and measurement issues related to each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
- Role of young people in water cooperation & water diplomacy
Young people are an important force to support the implementation of the SDGs. Already the size of the group is convincing: More than 40% of the people on this planet are younger than 25, and more than 55% is younger than 35. Investing in this group of young people, that can contribute now to the implementation of the SDGs, and who will be responsible for taking the next steps after the finalisation of agenda 2030, is a smart thing to do. However, how to include, support, facilitate and enable this participation is not a clear-cut case. Especially linked to SDG 6.5, focusing on transboundary water cooperation, which is often seen as ‘the thing diplomats do’. Through identifying and assessing cases where young people contribute to transboundary water cooperation, we deduct how young people can effectively contribute to water transboundary water cooperation, and distill practical ways for institutions and governments to facilitate and enable these contributions.
The overall goal of NEWAS programs is to enhance the performance of the drinking water and sanitation sectors in target communities for effective, equitable, and sustainable service delivery. We achieve this through developing frameworks that support community engagement, water governance, sector leadership, and capacity development.
Meeting the global drinking water and sanitation challenge requires more than drilling wells and building latrines. Addressing governance in this sector is equally important.
The challenges of reforming legal and regulatory structures in some of the world’s neediest states are daunting. Social and economic challenges to good governance are numerous: How do you create and introduce tariff systems in places where people cannot afford, or want, to pay for water? How do you bridge the gap between people and institutions and unite them in a belief that water and sanitation is a common good that needs to be sustainably managed for present and future human and non-human needs? Substantial long-term commitment is required, while at the same time political instabilities are a fact in many of the targeted countries and are likely to continue in the foreseeable future.