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MINISTERIAL DECLARATION ON “WATER FOR SHARED PROSPERITY”

MINISTERIAL DECLARATION ON “WATER FOR SHARED PROSPERITY”
THE 10th WORLD WATER FORUM
BALI, INDONESIA, 20-21 MAY 2024

We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations assembled in Bali, Indonesia, on 20-21 May
2024, on the occasion of the Ministerial Meeting of the 10th World Water Forum “Water for
Shared Prosperity”,

PP1 Acknowledging the outcomes of relevant United Nations processes representing
major milestones for addressing global sustainable development and water-related
challenges, such as the Rio Declaration; the outcome of the United Nations Conference
on Sustainable Development, “The Future We Want”; the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development and its Goals (SDGs); the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change1 and the Paris Agreement2; the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk
Reduction 2015 – 2030; and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and its
Kunming–Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

PP2 Recalling the United Nations General Assembly Resolutions 64/292, 71/222, 77/334,
78/130, and 78/206 adopted in New York, and the United Nations Environment Assembly
Resolutions EA.5/4 and EA.6/13; as well as recognizing the 2023 United Nations
Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the
Objectives of the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”
2018-2028, the UN World Water Development Report 2024, the upcoming 2026 United
Nations Water Conference to Accelerate the Implementation of Sustainable Development
Goal 6 and the upcoming 2028 United Nations Conference on the Final Comprehensive
Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action,
“Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018–2028.

PP3 Reaffirms that the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, as components
of the right to an adequate standard of living, are essential for the full enjoyment of the
right to life and all human rights.

PP4 Mindful that water is essential for vital human needs and is needed in all aspects of
life and of the importance of ensuring availability of safe drinking water and sanitation for
all.
PP5 Recognizing the importance of tackling water-related challenges, including through
an integrated approach that addresses climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, and
the need to conserve, protect and sustainably manage the ecosystems.

PP6 Aware that the impacts of climate change and increased demands on water safety
and accessibility, including due to population growth, requires better management and
cooperation, sustainable finance as well as generation of and access to water-related
knowledge and understanding.

PP7 Concerned that the world is off-track to ensure by 2030 the achievement of SDG 6,
which poses significant risks to human well-being and the three dimensions of sustainable
development, namely environmental, economic and social.

PP8 Emphasizing the importance of inclusive coordination and collaboration among
governments and water-related stakeholders at all levels, in accordance with applicable
international law, including international instruments countries are Parties to.

PP9 Deeply concerned about the lack of access to adequate water and sanitation services
in emergencies, including in times of natural and man-made disaster and in situations of
armed conflicts and emphasize the importance of access to basic drinking water and
sanitation services in affected countries.

PP10 Welcoming efforts and initiatives to promote adaptive and socially inclusive and
meaningful participation of all relevant stakeholders, including women, children, older
persons, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and local communities, and youth,
and those affected by water challenges.

PP11 Noting that innovative and sustainable financing is one of the main challenges in
ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

PP12 Reaffirming that the works of World Water Forum, since its first convening in
Marrakesh in 1997, have contributed to the international dialogue and actions on water
and emphasizing the role of the World Water Forum to contribute to relevant global waterrelated agendas, including in the United Nations frameworks.

PP13 Realizing the importance of political leadership in fostering international cooperation
to advance water and sanitation agenda.
We present an urgent call and declare our political will to translate our commitments into
policies, plans and actions by:
1. Conserving, protecting and sustainably using water resources, including sustainable
groundwater, as crucial elements in human activities and ecosystems, including
through the development of efficient and integrated water resources management.
2. Incorporating water issues into action plans, particularly related to increasing the
financing of adaptation to climate change, prevention of the pollution of air, land, water,
loss of biodiversity and the decline of services provided by the ecosystems.
3. Implementing measures and actions to reduce pressure on water availability, including
by strengthening access to clean water and sanitation for all, among others through
the sustainable management of water demand and supply, building resilient water
management system, conservation and diversifying water sources through the
utilization of non-conventional water resources, such as treated wastewater reuse,
desalination and rainwater harvesting, while respecting various ecosystems in different
national context.
4. Encouraging the establishment or strengthening of national integrated water resources
management (IWRM) policies, plans, and actions in a systemic manner that, among
others, include facilitating access to safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation
for all.
5. Proposing the World Lake Day in the United Nations process to highlight the role of
natural and artificial lakes as significant water resources that contribute to the
availability and accessibility of water.
6. Strengthening the capability of all relevant stakeholders to access safe water,
sanitation and hygiene services for health, education and development.
7. Strengthening efforts to address challenges related to the interlinkage between water,
energy, food security, nutrition, poverty and hunger eradication, and migration, while
recognizing that water is indispensable for human development, health and well-being
and taking into account the carrying capacity of the limited freshwater for economic
and social development.
8. Developing and strengthening disaster prevention and risk reduction, including
through pre-disaster investment in early-warning system and forecasting, risk and
vulnerability assessment, disaster response, as well as post-disaster mitigation and
rehabilitation to address the adverse impacts of water-related disasters, such as
drought and flood, and support sustainable resilience.
9. Encouraging transboundary cooperation in accordance with applicable international
law, including international instruments countries are Parties to.
10. Empowering various stakeholders, including women, children, older persons, persons
with disabilities, indigenous peoples and local communities, and youth, as agents for
change and innovation in the search for smart solutions for water and sanitation
challenges, including traditional, local and indigenous knowledge.
11. Advocating innovative and sustainable financing from all sources, including through
public and private partnership, for water and sanitation infrastructure projects as well
as mitigation of the negative impacts of climate change and water-related disasters, in
rural and remote areas and vulnerable areas and territories, as well as in archipelagic
and small islands states.
12. Fostering education, research and innovation, upscaling cooperation on capacitybuilding and technology transfer on mutually agreed terms in the water sector,
including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.
13. Exploring the establishment of a center of excellence on water in the Asia-Pacific
region as a regional hub of water-related knowledge, initiatives and activities,
especially research activities, to enhance knowledge generation, promote exchange
of information and data, and strengthen research and innovation through capacity
building, while taking into account existing mechanisms.
14. Leveraging networks and partnerships formed during the 10th World Water Forum, to
promote the long-term implementation of this Declaration.
15. Welcoming the initiative of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the World
Water Council to mobilize and compile voluntary commitments3 to undertake actions
across countries, sectors and stakeholders, aimed at accelerated implementation and
improved impact towards achieving Goal 6 of the SDGs and its targets and to
contribute to the UN Water Action Agenda.
16. Looking forward to the convening of the 11th World Water Forum “Action for a Better
Tomorrow” in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.1

Expressing our appreciation to the people and Government of the Republic of Indonesia,
the Provincial Government of Bali and the World Water Council for the hosting of the 10th
World Water Forum and its participants.

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