The Post-2015 Sustainable Development Framework enters into force. See our current events and news for updates on 2016. (internal link) Other elements for publication on Jan 1, 2017 •AquaFed contributed to the two questionaires by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water, Léo Heller: on gender equality and on development cooperation. •The Federation also issued a flagship publication on "Water and Jobs". •Special Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC is confirmed after submission of Quadriennial report •New Global Water Architecture?
<p><a id="thomas" name="thomas">At the United Nations</a>, member states agree on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including a dedicated goal on water and sanitation (SDG 6) that sets out to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” SDG 6 expands the MDG focus on drinking water and sanitation to now cover the entire water cycle, including the management of water quality, wastewater and ecosystem resources. With water at the very core of sustainable development, SDG 6 has strong linkages to all of the other SDGs. It also underpins them. Meeting SDG 6 would go a long way towards achieving much of the 2030 Agenda. The human right to sanitation is recognized by the UN as a right in itself. This is done to place more emphasis on sanitation and wastewater management. 2015 marks the end of the freshwater decade. AquaFed makes a presentation in the closing plenary at the UN in New York. At the 7Th World Water Forum, AquaFed launches its updated version of the brochure on the “Performance of private water operators”. With AMCOW, AquaFed, , organises an half-day workshop and seminar on PPPs in Africa during the Stockholm World Water Week. In September, AquaFed celebrates its 10th year of operations with a multistakeholder dialogue. AquaFed joins the Board of Governors of the World Water Council.</p>
<p>Mamadou DIA is elected to be the 2Nd President of AquaFed. Official UN statements echo AquaFed’s warning that 1,8 Billion people use faecally contaminated water. The Federation and its members work with the OECD contributing to its Water Governance Initiative. AquaFed contributes to the work of the European Union on water quality and to the development of the Lisbon/IWA Charter on Regulation. Léo Heller succeeds to Catarina de Albuquerque as Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation. During the President of the UN General Assembly’s water debates, AquaFed presents in a UN-Water side event and makes a statement in the full plenary. Global water intelligence reports that the population served by private water operators has passed the 1 billion mark.</p>
Preparing the Post-2015 agenda: •AquaFed co-organises the UN global online public consultation on wastewater with UN-Habitat and is co-opted to the UN-Water Task Forces on the SDG’s and on wastewater •the Federation contributes actively to the work of the UN Open Working on SDGs •the Federation spearheads the Major Group Business and Industry contributions to the UN debates related to water issues •AquaFed takes part in the Budapest Water Summit The Federation issues a press release on World Water Day, calling for the inclusion of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation into the European constitution. AquaFed re-iterates a similar call on International Human Rights Day in December 2013.
In the Marseille World Water Forum, AquaFed participates in a public debate on the role of the private sector in water and sanitation services provision. The Federation releases its flagship publication: "Private Operators delivering Performance for Water-Users and Public Authorities". AquaFed plays an important role in the RIO+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, advocating for a “whole water cycle” approach and for greater visibility for water and sanitation services in the Post-2015 agenda. AquaFed collaborates with numerous other organisations from the business and industry major group, and also in close partnership with UN-Water. Over time, this leads to a dedicated "water goal" in the SDG’s. The Federation develops its "5+1+4" concept. In the world today, out of every 10 people, 5 are served by public operators, 1 by the private sector, and 4 do not benefit from any kind of public service. Through this call, AquaFed aims to promote more ambitious policies for access to drinking water while positioning the relative weight of public and private water operators in the sector.
AquaFed plays an important role in the RIO+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, advocating for greater visibility for water and sanitation services in the Post-2015 agenda; together with numerous other organisations from the business and industry major group, and also in close partnership with UN-Water. Over time, this leads to a call for a dedicated "water goal".
AquaFed its programme of advocacy on begins on the "urban regression", describing the proportional reduction that is occurring in providing access to water and sanitation to the urban half of the world's population. AquaFed warns that despite considerable efforts, the development of public water services in cities is outpaced by urbanisation growth. A surge is necessary to reverse this trend. New UN statistics allow AquaFed to make more precise statements and to alert governments to the probable existence of billions of people who use water that is unsafe. This is an eye-opener for many governments and international institutions. AquaFed is granted Special Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC, as one of the few business organisations working closely with the UN. The Federation joins the Business Action for Sustainable Development, together with the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development AquaFed makes submissions on water to the “Zero” draft outcome document for the Rio +20 conference, stressing in particular the importance of a “full water cycle” approach. The Federation attends the Bonn 2011 Freshwater conference organised by the German government. This provides further important input on water to the Rio +20 conference.
<p>AquaFed celebrates two landmark resolutions from the UN General Assembly and from the UN Human Rights Council that establish formally the human right to water and sanitation, and explicitly recognize the valuable contributions that can be made by Non-State Actors to the realisation of these human rights. AquaFed is invited to give a keynote speech at UN-Water’s High-Level launching event of the World Water Assessment Report 2010 “Water for People, Water for Life”. AquaFed steps up the intensity of its work on used water and water quality with a wide range of stakeholders. AquaFed joins the European Union's Transparency Register.</p> <p><img alt="" height="240" src="/Public/Files/__Uploads/images/2006-09-14%2012_32_42%20-%20Copy.jpg" width="320" /></p>
The Federation collaborates closely with the UN OHCHR on a wide range of human rights issues, including with the mandates of Mrs. de Albuquerque on the right to sanitation; and with Prof. Ruggie on investment protection and bilateral investment treaties (BITs). AquaFed co-founds Business Action for Water with ICC & WBCSD and other business organisations. The publications of the PPIAF- World Bank reports show the good track record of the private sector on water management in developing countries (Gassner 2008 and Marin 2009). At the World Water Forum in Istanbul, AquaFed co-organises the "finance" workshops and releases a number of publications, including one on "Misconceptions" regarding the involvement of private sector. The 3T (taxes, tariffs & transferts) concept is developed by the OECD bringing greater clarity in discussions on financing water (services). The political declaration echoes AquaFed’s call for attention to be paid to wastewater management.
In the International year of sanitation, AquaFed is accepted as a Partner of UN-Water and participates in the water conferences of the Zaragoza World Exposition. The Federation also contributes to the OECD Global Forum on Investment. The Federation contributes to Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report 2008 and to the work of the UNECE Water & Health Protocol. , In the preparations and during the UN - CSD16, AquaFed promotes the right to water and sanitation and points to the need for well-run water and wastewater services that go beyond just “taps & toilets”. In the review of country implementation of the MDGs, it is crucial to look at the quality of the services that people get, and not just “acces”. AquaFed points out that progress on the MDG Target 7.C is lagging “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”. Urgent action to accelerate is required.
AquaFed releases its first publication on March 8, 2007 titled: "Water and Sanitation for Women. Private Operators Contribute". The Federation releases its contribution to the OHCHR in consultations in a document titled “Practioners’ views on the right to water” outlining private operators’ support for the right to water and sanitation. AquaFed stresses that all energies should be mobilised in the implementation of the right. AquaFed also makes a significant contribution on clarifying the components of sanitation.
AquaFed is created in April 2015 by Members who respond to a the call by multilateral organisations for the private water services providers to federate themselves and to speak with one voice. AquaFed has three missions : 1/ To provide a channel for communication between private water and wastewater service providers and key international stakeholders; 2/ To contribute to solving the world’s water problems by working with the international community and sharing the expertise of the private operators and 3/ To promote the option of private sector participation in water and wastewater management as a solution that public authorities can choose.
<p><a href="http://www.aquafed.org">AquaFed</a> is created in April 2015 by Members who respond to a the call by multilateral organisations for the private water services providers to federate themselves and to speak with one voice. AquaFed has three missions : 1/ To provide a channel for communication between private water and wastewater service providers and key international stakeholders; 2/ To contribute to solving the world’s water problems by working with the international community and sharing the expertise of the private operators and 3/ To promote the option of private sector participation in water and wastewater management as a solution that public authorities can choose.</p>
For many years prior to the creation of AquaFed, multilateral organisations express a clear demand for private water operators to create an organisation to represent them and permit them to speak with one voice.