How can we accelerate progress on Goal #6 Clean Water and Sanitation?

Session 1
Mar 20 '19 12:50pm–Mar 20 '19, 2:45pm GMT


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Megan Heidenreich
Plymouth State University
Mar 20 '19, 2:42pm · Report
Thank you so much for this opportunity and for sharing your expertise. I learned a lot and look forward to incorporating these ideas into the course I am teaching in the fall.
Rosario Galvan
Independent consultant
Mar 20 '19, 2:37pm · Report
Thank you for the opportunity and generous sharing. I think wasn't fast enough to read through all comments so has to be more agile next time :)
Sam Drabble
Water & Sanitation for the Urba…
Mar 20 '19, 2:35pm · Report
Many thanks everyone and to AB InBev for hosting - interesting and useful discussion!
Dean Muruven
Mar 20 '19, 2:33pm · Report
Thanks everyone and special thanks to AB InBev Team for hosting!
Andre Fourie
AB InBev
Mar 20 '19, 2:32pm · Report
Thanks everyone for joining! We will give feedback soon and look forward to collaborate on the exciting ideas going forward. The AB InBev team
Beverley Buchanan
Mar 20 '19, 2:31pm · Report
Thank you everyone for an excellent discussion and for your valuable insights. We are now wrapping up the forum so please get in in any last thoughts & comments.

We will start to analyse everyone’s contributions from today and summarize these in a report, which we will send out in a few weeks’ time.

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Thank you for joining us!
Mar 20 '19, 2:30pm · Report
The best way is to encourage private developers to hire climate consultants who have the idea how to bring in climate finance and work on the SDG's
Presently, I am through my company trying to build a gated township of 100 acres in India which shall adhere to the SDG's in totality
My challenge, however, is finance.
Tom Iseman
The Nature Conservancy
Mar 20 '19, 2:30pm · Report
Thanks Beverley and cheers to all participants.

Summary of Discussion

7. How can we accelerate action, mobilize consumers, governments and businesses, and scale up solutions in ways not done before?

  • actually, doing more of what is working
  • cross-regional and cross-country knowledge sharing, better best practice communications as well as failures to learn from
  • stronger collective advocacy
  • system-thinking, with States playing a primary role
  • more water research investment
  • nurtured and supported true multi-stakeholderism
  • data sharing and making information easily accessible


6. How can we build a more personal appreciation for water to encourage less wasteful behaviour

  • Creating public awareness
  • Through education from childhood
  • Knowing the source of our water
  • Government should play a key role in communicating the importance of conserving water 
  • Encouraging reporting
  • Financial reward
  • Creating consumer and community buy-in
  • Giving consumers practical steps to follow and a way of measuring their impact
  • Water pricing, progressive tariffs
  • Brand campaigns 


5. What is the core role each actor should be championing and focusing on in order to drive progress on SGD #6?

  • Government: sound policy, ensure enforcement, scaling up market-based solutions, subsidies, bring consensus on an action plan and implement with support from the rest of actors,
  • Corporations: internal compliance, commitment, building credibility, collaborative philanthropy, support public institutions, foster innovation and science-based solutions
  • NGOS: work with development financial institutions to launch innovative solutions, engaging the private sector and convening all stakeholders, creating space for dialogue
  • For ALL: building bridges, becoming advocates, championing the business case for SDG6, engaging with each other more often and looking for a common approach


4. What suggestions around innovative financing could be considered to overcome financial barriers to water security and water access & allow for more creative and innovative thinking on the matter?

  • microfinance to guarantee access to finance by the poorest sectors
  • portfolio guarantees to attract commercial capital
  • impact investing
  • bankable water solutions
  • blended finance, using donor finance strategically to catalyze private investment
  • shifting culture away from short-termism 
  • multi-stakeholder Water Funds
  • we need to multi-stakeholder collaboration to test and pilot scalable approaches


3. How does the issue of governance connect to the successful scaling of water management and watershed security?

Good governance can:

  • allow national collaborative planning, key for success!
  • contribute through monitoring progress
  • catalyze action being a mechanism of support
  • build partnerships and trust
  • align values and incentives among actors needed for progress
  • promote inclusive approaches to water security
  • move away from hierarchical power structures
  • embrace accountability, transparency, legitimacy, public participation, justice and efficiency
  • ensure equal representation across stakeholders
  • empower poor and underserved communities


2. What are some of the barriers to scale that we need to overcome in order to intervene on these water issues in a more meaningful way?

  • Financing gap, the costs of constructing new infrastructure and maintenance are huge
  • Data gap, we need new technologies to gather data and make informed decisions
  • Weak policy environment and insufficient institutional capacity
  • Lack of political will
  • Finance for upstream activities, beyond cities, to make provision sustainable
  • Scaling efforts around water resource management
  • Building trust, joint accountability and recognition
  • Learning from the past, scaling up what already works vs. constant pressure to innovate
  • Lack of willingness from stakeholders to work together 


1. Which initiatives & programmes do you think are making the most impact and why?

  • Strong partnerships on the ground, developing common plans
  • Action on different sectors of society
  • Multi-stakeholder platforms for dialogue
  • Encouraging and facilitating private sector contribution, finding the business case and commercial value!
  • Transparency, disclosure and collaboration
  • Sustainable, rational, economics-based solutions to closing the water supply-demand gap
  • Working with institutions, developing long term partnerships and ensuring government and policy alignment
  • Access to finance: families can access to loans to find long term solutions
  • Addressing waterwaste policy barriers to make progress in this area


Meet our Guest Contributors

Vedika Bhandarkar
Managing Director of India
Sam Drabble
Head of Research & Lear…
Water & Sanitation for …
Andre Fourie
Global Director Water Susta…
AB InBev
Tom Iseman
Water Scarcity and Investme…
The Nature Conservancy
Karin Krchnak
Program Manager
2030 Water Resources Group …
Nick Martin
Executive Director
The Beverage Industry Envir…
Jason Morrison
Head, CEO Water Mandate
President, Pacific Institute
Dean Muruven
Global Policy Manager Fresh…

Session Moderator

Beverley Buchanan
Associate Director, GlobeSc…
South Africa


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