Key elements for a new urban agenda
Integrated management of urban waters and sanitation

Published in: 2016
Pages: 88

BORDA e.V., Germany

Gutterer, B., Reuter, S.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all” and its targets can only be achieved by establishing new models for managing water resources. The fact that the Millennium Development Goal target for sanitation was not met in many countries shows the need to overcome traditional patterns of infrastructure development.

Such efforts also have to be integrated with the strategies and activities to achieve SDG 11 “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, and its target “By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums”, which are directly related to SDG 6. An increasingly stronger community of practice is addressing the need for adaptive, integrated, and sustainable management of the total water cycle as a key element of a comprehensive new urban agenda. As well, the community is calling for a paradigm shift from mainly hardware-driven water supply, sewerage, and flood control towards developing a living space for all that brings into practice innovative approaches, and for a holistic view of development options and human well-being in a rapidly changing urban dimension. At the invitation of BORDA, 83 representatives from the public and the private sector, civil society, academia, media, and international donor organisations from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America met on November 10 and 11, 2015 in a conference at the House of Parliament in Bremen, Germany. The conference was organised as a response to the need for action that had been identified at prominent conferences, such as the 2015 World Water Forum in South Korea and World Water Week in Stockholm.

This publication summarizes the conference presentations and working results.

Bibliographic information

Gutterer, B., Reuter, S. (2016). Key elements for a new urban agenda - Integrated management of urban waters and sanitation. BORDA e.V., Germany


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