The future of water is murky– at global, regional and national levels and the repercussions are stark right down to the grassroots levels. We have to move out of procrastination and take action now. The 3rd Karachi International Water Conference will focus on the SDGs below.

Rights and Entitlements

Sustainable development cannot be fully attained without peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to all its peoples. The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation entitles everyone to safe, sufficient, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water and sanitation services which we are yet to achieve. Impact of external pressures along with increasing scarcity and competition for its use makes water governance and management critical. The situation calls for establishing credible institutions, policies and legal systems that can facilitate development that mainstreams gender, is pro-poor in its approach, and sustainable in its implementation.

Water is a key driver for social and economic growth and contributes to the well-being of the people. It plays an integral role in productive processes and contributes significantly to agriculture, industry, energy, transport and economic sectors. Building climate resilient economies that can develop and grow in face of water scarcity will require improved methods of allocating scarce water resources across sectors to higher-value uses. Smart water policies and well-planned investments from all sectors can yield significant benefits in improving welfare and enhancing economic growth.

Water Economy

Science and Technology

Sustainable development on the water front requires creation and adoption of new water saving technologies, incentives, education, and awareness. Integration of scientific knowledge with technical developments will bring about efficiency in water management systems and also improvements in water quality and better access to quality data. Leveraging the technological advancements in media also plays an important role in communicating the water crisis and harnessing the potential of water as a connector between research, policy and action. The spread of information and communications technology has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies, as does scientific and technological innovation.

Climate change and sustainable development are arguably two of the most interconnected and significant challenges facing the world today.  Failure to tackle and cope with climate change will have devastating effects on development.  Development processes must factor in climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience mechanisms at all levels of policy, action and implementation.  Climate action must be integrated within the broader development policies and strategies because the impact of climate variability and vulnerability to climate change will greatly hinder the ability of countries to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030. 

Climate Change