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On World Water Day, Focus Shifts To Systems; New Partnerships Launched To Reach Water-Related Goals

Devex: Why you should care about ‘systems’ in WASH
“The story has become all too familiar. Volunteers or organizations enter a village, build new infrastructure, and when it fails, they are nowhere to be seen. … The case has become an infamous example of why aid interventions sometimes fail, but it is just one of a number of examples of good intentions with poor outcomes in the water, sanitation, and hygiene, or WASH, sector. It is also an example of the need to shift the focus from gadgets to systems…” (Cheney, 3/22).

Inter Press Service: A Whole New Decade for Water
“As old and new challenges continue to threaten its access, the U.N. has dedicated the next decade in order to protect a crucial but fragile natural resource: water. On World Water Day, the U.N. launched the ‘International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development’ which aims to mobilize implementation and cooperation on water issues as it relates to sustainable development. Already, many are hopeful that the initiative will boost international commitment…” (Yakupitiyage, 3/22).

Inter Press Service: Working Together Is Key to Meeting Water Targets by 2030
“…The Global Water Partnership (GWP), an international network created in 1996 to promote integrated water resources management (IWRM), calls for working and thinking together as a key to fulfilling SDG number 6, of the 17 goals that make up the Agenda, agreed in 2015 by the world’s governments within the framework of the United Nations. To this end, on Mar. 20 it launched the campaign ‘Act on SDG 6’ at the Australian Embassy in Brasilia, during an event emphasizing the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships to promote water security, in the context of the Eighth World Water Forum, hosted by Brasilia Mar. 18-23…” (Osava, 3/22).

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