Welcome to the discussion forum for the conference ‘Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action’ to be held in Zaragoza on 15-17 January 2015. This conference aims to be useful for the implementation of the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goal on Water, particularly focusing on the tools for implementation (financing, technology, capacity development) and governance frameworks.

Sustainable development was explicitly popularized and contextualized by the Brundtland Commission in the document “Our Common Future” where it was defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (UN, 1987). The Brundtland Commission focused on three pillars of human well being: economic, socio-political and ecological/environmental conditions. The basic concept endorses putting in place strong measures to spur economic and social development, particularly for people in developing countries, while ensuring that environmental integrity is sustained for future generations.

Water is fundamental to the three dimensions of sustainable development, and a cross-cutting driver. Moving from a sectoral approach towards a holistic one, which captures interconnections between food, energy, health, trade, environment and water is necessary.

We welcome your views on the themes of the conference. What do you think needs to be done to achieve a sustainable development taking into account the limited water resources? What tools are most effective for promoting change? What success stories do you know that promote water and sustainable development? Do we need different approaches?


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