UN High Level Political Forum: Business for Agenda 2030 - AquaFed Messages
Jack Moss delivered the following keynote (check against delivery)
SDG 6: a Full “Water Cycle” Approach to Water, Central to the Platform of Sustainable Development.
Water is an essential part of the platform of sustainable development. It must be managed with great care by everybody for the 2030 vision to be realised.
The dedicated water goal has been crafted carefully to cover all aspects of the water cycle; This wide span makes it too great any single business to tackle alone. Therefore, segmentation, collaboration and specialisation is essential.
Water pollution is as dangerous as air pollution but few people recognise this. As water scarcity grows pollution makes it even scarcer.
Targets 6.3 and 6.4 aim at managing pollution and extending water resource availability.
An example of business action on this is the Aquapolo project. This is a partnership between a public organisation SABESP, a private operator, Odebrecht Amiental and a consortium of Brazilian chemical companies. It recovers wastewater from São Paulo and de-pollutes it to provide very high quality water for a multi-industry chemical complex. Today it saves water equivalent to the needs of 350,000 people every day. It aims to rise to 600,000. (http://www.aquapolo.com.br/) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMguQPjNnX4)
Water, sanitation and hygiene are essential for human health, poverty elimination and social and environmental well-being. They are covered by Targets 6.1 and 6.2. The core activity of AquaFed’s members is to help governments meet these. Extending services, and devising special pro-poor initiatives are underway in both developed and developing countries.
Successes depend on Public Authorities working with Businesses. Between them they set specific targets for every case. Business can take the initiative and propose objectives. Legitimacy and leadership is given by governments.