‘Post MDGs Socio-Political DynamicsWater, Health, Environment andSustainable Development’Paper Presentation by:Abdul ‘Dewale MohammedFounder and Executive President,Africa Asia Scholars Global Network
‘Post MDGs Socio-Political DynamicsWater, Health, Environment andSustainable Development’Paper Presentation by:Abdul ‘Dewale MohammedFounder and ExecutivePresident, AfricaAsia Scholars Global NetworkWater, Ecology and EnvironmentalProtection International ConferenceSias International UniversityMay 23rd-25th, 2013Zhengzhou, Henan, China
• Water is essential as the air we breathe, its sustained management cannotbe over-emphasised for human existence and the environment.• With about 450 agreements on international water signed between 1820and 2007, Government policy operations on water and sustainabledevelopment has failed to translate into concrete and multiplying actions.• Positive socio-political dynamics for solving human and environmentconcerns and ending the trauma on commoners remain crucial.• Distinct, exemplary and intensive political action required at all levels.• Full commitment and consistency of purpose, concerted drive andinterdisciplinary actions from the highest levels of government.• Need for fundamental new approaches to the assessment, development andmanagement of freshwater resources and the environment.Drive for water resource management.
• The world grapples with the scare and threats of climate change, waterscarcity, health and environmental pollution, devastating floods and droughts• Calls for cooperation of multi-national corporations and investors• Public capacity building, people-to-people consultations and integratedawareness campaigns inadequate.• Implementation of government policies at grass root levels essential.• Adequate investments and effective resource management needed.• Good governance, dynamic inter-ministerial, inter-regional and internationalcooperation to combat mounting challenges of the 21st century.Clear and Courteous PolicyGuidelines
• Population growth, changes in lifestyle heightened the pressure on waterresources however Africa and Asia’s abundant water is threatened by poorsanitation, lack of investment and resource management.• Preserving water resources and combating food insecurity, pollution and risingthreats from drought , floods and the discomfort of climate change impact -• - multiple centres of control,• - effective frameworks,• - reduced inequalities,• - free access to information and meaningful participation of stakeholders,• - integration and strengthening of commitment,• - promotion and exchanges of practical and commendable practices.Good and transparent governance
• Disasters to human existence and sustainable development areunilaterally man-made and not commonly infused by nature.• Political Will and Consistent Commitment’ in policy formulation,implementation and evaluation, couple with ‘openness and transparencyin governance’ .• People’s empowerment and involvement at all levels of integration andjoint forces for their common purpose, vital for sustained environment.Remedy for water resourcepreservation and distribution.
In 2000, according to statisticians, 17% of the worlds population did nothave access to a secure water supply and 40% lacked adequatesanitation. Most of these people are said to live in Africa and Asia.• Need for concrete outcome on the broadening of political and publicpolicy legitimacy of environmental concerns in Africa.• With a review of Rio+20 outcome document, government should adoptstrategies that would catalyse new wave of sustainable development .• The public and private sector need to strengthen cooperation at social,economic, technical and scientific level.• Promotion of a Green Economy, effective regional and internationalcooperation and transfer of efficient resources.Participation in Decisions
concerns for people living in remote and marginal areas such as cityslums, shanty towns, mountains and deserts. natural and human threats to rural communities are that of frailinstitutions, partial infrastructure and scanty resources. policy implementation on ‘Climate Change, Disasters & Conflicts,Ecosystem Management, Environmental Governance, HarmfulSubstances and Resource Efficiency’ to be reviewed. critical changes in public policy reinforced through positive and non-exploitative action essential. effect practical and lasting solution through tangible collaborationbetween governments, non-governmental agencies, internationalagencies, the private sector and higher educational institutions.the complex challenges
• promote cohesive partnership and resource sharing• replicate good practices through strategic andeffective cooperation framework.• acknowledge the incorporation and transference of good practices.• establish a framework that will integrate economic, environmental andsocial dimensions, development policies and strategies.• consolidate government, public and private sector commitment to highlevel biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.• gains made at Rio+20 not only secured, but shared and built upon .• Identify and celebrate good practices and global achievements.Water and Post MDGS
Empower agencies and experts as well as governments genuinelycommitted to making the critical change in the delivery of far reachingpolicies that will help turn people’s lives around for good.Stake holders effective collaboration with international agencies such as- the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)- the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),- the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)- the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).- the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) UNEP & UNESCOActions & Commitment to Change
Review of past and present environmental policieslack of the enabling institutions and infrastructure to maintain,monitor, appraise and enhance outcomes and resolutions emanatingfrom intellectual forums and government reforms.Incorporate the organised private sector and the civil society (NGOs) inpolicy development, evaluation and implementation.Remove barriers to increased investment and development assistance.Balanced policy implementation and resource management.Joined up investment
Cohesive partnership and replication ofgood practices.Technology transfer transforms developmentswhere political will is uncompromised.Models to be identified, tactics reviewed, goodpractices virtually shared, and replicated to fortifydevelopmental outcomes and avoid past mistakesAdequate investment backed withevidenced transparency and accountability.
De-politicising human andenvironmental developmentToday’s environmental, ecological and socio-economic impact is devastating on human livesWaste management, sewage treatment,.deforestation, soil degradation, climate changeand global warming are grave.Integrated socio-economic developmentframework should be devoid of political milleu
Water and waste pollution are resultsof haphazard industrial planning,increased urbanization, poverty andlack of management and competency .MDGs - Governments’ remain to attain set standard andgoals on clean water and sustainable environment.The engagement of people and the civil society in tacklingtheir immediate concerns and environment is the wisestand most cost effective way of solving environmental,social and economic problems.
More than 85% of diseases in developing countries arerelated to dirty water and poor sanitation.For example Nigeria’s Delta region, home of the large oilindustry, continues to experience serious oil spills and otherenvironmental problems, which has caused devastatingconflicts, deaths and untold hardship.Open engagement of communities in solving water,sanitation, floods droughts and other environment concerns,will help reduce the impact of climate change and theimpeding water crisis.
Governments’ through closer consultations and transparentnegotiations, have to win people’s trust.Promote greater awareness and participation of people insolving social and economic issues that directly affect themand their environments.Integrate water management into all development policiesand joined up action with health, education, science andtechnology, environment, energy and agriculture ministries.21st Century Challenges
No development without waterNeed for integrated cooperation holisticand strategic approach for the effectivemanagement of water resources, itsexploration, preservation, usage andeffectual recycling.
AAP-WHERDECEstablish an Africa Asia Pacific- Water HealthEnvironment Resource Development Centre:study analyse and share empirical data. offer expertise on water resources, health and theenvironment.educate and empower disadvantaged societies.diagnose recommendations by state parties and non-governmental organizations.conduct appraisals, evaluation and monitoreffects and impact of government policies.
Centre of Excellencedevelop an infrastructure framework thatenhances modelled strategic service delivery.celebrate and promote good practice, interactivemultidisciplinary and integrated consultation.provide specialist support, develop and promotegood and effective policies. maintain a ‘Hall of Fame’ in honour of renownedadvocates on water, health and the environment..
AAP-WHERDEC: a Centre of Excellencegenerate thematic forums, in ensuring key pointsof policy intervention and expertise exchange.ensure rural communities have infrastructuresupport to shape the delivery of public services.develop capacity to advocate and deliverpositive intervention and contribution tosustainable growth.