First Preparatory Committee meeting of the Ministerial Process

5-6 December 2011 - Paris, France

First Preparatory Committee meeting of the Ministerial Process, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, December 5, 2011

At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on December 5-6, 2011, government representatives will attend the First Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom I) of the Ministerial Process within the framework of the 6th World Water Forum.

Also participating in the meeting will be international organisations, the Thematic and Regional Coordinators of the Forum and Major Groups.
The goal of this meeting, and PrepCom II (2-3 February 2012), is to review and discuss the Chairperson’s Paper, a document that is based on submissions from the Thematic and Regional Coordinators of the Forum and the idea of reinforcing progress on water issues made, especially at the intergovernmental level, since the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul.  The final draft of this document will be the Ministerial Declaration and will be presented during the Ministerial Conference of the Forum, which will take place on March 13.  One of the principle aims of this document is to be a contribution to forthcoming international meetings, in particular the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development of June 2012 “Rio+20”.

The framework of the Chairperson’s Paper is based on the Thematic Process of the Forum, which includes 3 Strategic Directions: “Ensure Everyone’s Well-being”, “Contribute to Economic Development” and Keep the Planet Blue”, and the Conditions of Success (Governance, Finance and Enabling Environment).

In addition to substantial participation by national governments, it is expected that up to 20 international organisations and the 15 Core Group Coordinators, 6 Regional and Cross-Continental Coordinators and 13 Major Groups will attend PrepCom I.  The outcome of PrepCom I will be synthesised into a second draft of the Chairperson’s Paper that will then be fed into PrepCom II, which will also be held at UNESCO Headquarters.

More information about the political commission

Commission President: Sujiro Seam, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Coordinator: Joshua Newton, International Forum Committee


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