WORLD WATER DAY: VIDEO HOPES FOR RIO+20

Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, we are asking academics, practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders to tell us about the one sustainable development issue they would like to see addressed at Rio+20. At the World Water Forum in Marseille we gathered responses from delegates. The videos on the STEPS Centre’s YouTube channel are among a range…

WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: ARE SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS THE NEXT GOAL?

By Phemo Kgomotso, IDS Phd Student The editors of the IDS Bulletin titled ‘Some for All? Politics and Pathways in Water and Sanitation’, Volume 43, No. 2, March 2012 launched the publication at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France on 15 March, 2012. In contrast to most of the Forum’s more formalised and…

WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: DECISION TIME?

By Jeremy Allouche There was a certain sense of excitement around the Forum and the slogan ‘a time for solutions’, set the tone. It’s time for post MDGs and Rio+20. As a result, a few trendy words and concepts were floating around: the green economy, the human right to water, the water-energy-food nexus. There was a…

WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: WHO IS BUYING IN?

by Alan Nicol World Water Forum six is drawing to a close here in Marseille. Booths are emptying and participants are dwindling at the slightly drab Parc Chanot. The monolithic Art Deco architecture and box-like hangars host ‘water security’ debates, parliamentarians’ session, African ministers councils, and the occasional riot police (amongst many other characters and…

WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: DEBATES AND CONTRADICTIONS

By Lyla Mehta and Harriet Dudley This was our third World Water Forum, and compared with the other ones we’ve attended it was pretty tame, far more low-key and lacked open protest and contestation. The overall theme – Le temps des solutions – seemed rather bombastic given that solutions to addressing water and sanitation problems…

“SOME FOR ALL” IN WATER: FORTHCOMING IDS BULLETIN

A new IDS Bulletin, published on 2 March, will focus on STEPS work on water and sanitation. Entitled “Some for All? Pathways and Politics Since New Delhi 1990”, it brings together papers from participants at our 2011 Water Symposium, including Barbara Frost, Gourisankar Ghosh and Kamal Kar. A selection of papers from the Bulletin will…

NEW APPROACHES TO MONITORING THE MDGs?

By KATHARINA WELLE, SPRU, DPhil student Calls for increasing transparency and accountability for water supply and sanitation have been voiced in different sessions at the Istanbul 2009 World Water Forum. But what does that mean and how can it be achieved? A key element behind increased transparency and equity is monitoring – be it in…

THE ALTERNATIVE WATER FORUM

By ANNA WALNYCKI, Institute of Development Studies DPhil student Having spent a few days at the World Water Forum, many of the conversations I’ve had with people came back to participation in the forum. Beyond the high-profile international NGOs, there has been a noted absence of national and local CBOs outside Europe and Turkey. So,…

IMPRESSIONS FROM MY FIRST WORLD WATER FORUM

by KATHARINA WELLE, SPRU, DPhil student This is the first World Water Forum that I am attending – I expected it to be fairly chaotic, not so well organised and buzzing with people from all sorts of backgrounds – government, NGOs and a few people from the private sector from all over the world. Instead,…