WWD 2017 Panel Reflections: If wastewater were a currency, would you waste it?

WWD 2017 Panel Reflections: If wastewater were a currency, would you waste it?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Regional Commemoration of the World Water Day has been organised as a side event to the fourth session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development and launched the World Water Development Report 2017 on the theme of Wastewater: The Untapped Resource. The side event has engaged distinguished experts from member states and regional think-tanks, private sector, financial institutions, diplomatic community and participants of the fourth session of the APFSD to discuss the reflections on the main theme of WWDR and on the ways of managing wastewater more effectively and efficiently in the region. New opportunities of applying financing mechanisms and economic instruments for stimulation of the wastewater treatment service-providers, facilitated by coherent national policies and strengthened coordination of national institutions and local authorities were highlighted. The panel deliberations has generated recommendations for the regional policy makers and practitioners on the way forward within Agenda 2030 and SDGs.

Key Questions Raised:
• If wastewater were a currency, would you waste it?
• What is the most impactful policy lever in the region to address the SDG 6 on water and sanitation for all to ensure implementation of SDG 11 on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?
• How to ensure the wastewater is untapped resource and SDG6 readiness in the region and how to spark the work of service providers on wastewater treatment and empower the new business opportunities?

The panel discussions were moderated by Mr. Hongjoo Hahm, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP.

Panel Reflections on the theme of WWDR2017- wastewater: the untapped resource were delivered by:
• Dr. Wah Wah Maung, Director General, Central Statistical Organization (CSO), Ministry of Planning and Finance, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar
• Ms. Suthimol Kessomboon, Director Water Quality Management Office Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thailand
• Dr. Keizrul Abdullah, Network of River Basin Associations, Malaysia, Chair of Wetlands International- Malaysia, and member of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF)
• Prof. Le Huu Ti, Danang University, Viet Nam and member of the APWF
• Ms. Ruth Erlbeck, Project Director of Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Remarks from national delegates and discussants of APFSD on the theme of WWDR2017 were delivered by:
• Prof. Chongrak Polprasert, Faculty of Engineering, Thammassart University, Thailand
• Prof. Petchporn Chawakitchareon, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
• Ms. Saku Seinan, UNU-Keio University, Japan
• Mr. Mushtaq Memon, UN Environment Asia Pacific Office (Bangkok)

Target groups:
• Participants of APFSD, ESCAP Permanent Delegations
• Government-nominated focal points coordinating implementation of the 2030 Agenda, City Mayors
• Regional and national water experts and partner organizations of UN-Water and Asia-Pacific Water Forum
• Civil society representatives, representatives of other stakeholders, including academia and think-tanks


WWDR2017_ 1 Myanamar CSO_Wah Wah MaungDownload
WWDR2017_ 2 BMA_Suthimol KessomboonDownload
WWDR2017_ 3 NARBO_Keizrul AbdullahDownload
WWDR2017_ 4 Danang University_Le Huu TiDownload
WWDR2017_ 5 GIZ_Ruth ErlbeckDownload
WWDR2017_ 6 Chulalongkorn University_Petchporn ChawakitchareonDownload
WWDR2017_ 7 Keio University_Saku SeinanDownload
WWDR2017_ 8 UNEP_Mushtaq MemonDownload