Water is becoming increasingly scarce and commodified as hundreds of millions of people are denied access to water. The High-level Political Forum (HLPF) will be reviewing SDG 6 “Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.
Implementation strategies promoted by international financial institutions have placed a heavy focus on private investment and for-profit delivery of essential services, which are resulting in systemic human rights violations and deepening the very inequalities the SDGs seek to combat.
The interactive panel discussion will focus on recommendations to “value water”. Using a rights-based lens, panelists will explore the ways in which water is valued in communities, cultures and faiths around the world. It will explore the ways in which market-based strategies have distorted these long-held values and further marginalized segments of the population including rural women, Indigenous peoples, small farmers and impoverished communities.