The PrepCom was opened by H.E. Henri de Raincourt, the Minister in charge of Cooperation at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs along with Mrs. Gretchen Kalonji, Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO and Mr. Benedito Braga, the President of the International Forum Committee (IFC).
The focus of the discussion covered a wide variety of topics from transboundary waters to health and hygiene to water-related disasters. In the end, the participants of the meeting arrived at a consensus on the draft ministerial text that will be sent to the Ministerial Conference. The major priorities to emerge, per the text, are to accelerate the implementation of human right obligations relating to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, promoting policy coherence in the inter-linkages between water, energy and food security and to incorporate water in all its economic, social and environmental dimensions in a framework of governance, financing and cooperation.
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