PrepCom II a success!

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The 2nd Preparatory Committee Meeting (PrepComII), February 2-3, 2012 - UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

On 2-3 February at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, almost 300 delegates from around 110 national governments met to discuss a draft text for the Ministerial Process of the 6th World Water Forum. The 2nd Preparatory Committee Meeting (PrepCom) arrived at a consensus for the document that aims to become the Ministerial Declaration at the Ministerial Conference on 13 March 2012. This successful meeting paves a path towards a fruitful Ministerial Conference where up to 140 national governments are expected.

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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