Pacific Partnership Initiative
The Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management is a voluntary partnership of water and wastewater stakeholders in the Pacific region, with a common goal of achieving sustainable water and wastewater management in Pacific Island Countries.
The global water community acknowledged the special vulnerability and particular needs of small islands by the inclusion of "Water in Small Islands Countries" as a special theme at the 3rd World Water Forum that was held in Kyoto, Japan from 16-23 March 2003. SOPAC and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) jointly led this Water in Small Island Countries session as well as its preparation through a regional consultation in the Pacific.
A major outcome of the Pacific regional consultation was the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Water Management (Pacific RAP), which details priority actions of the water sector in the region. This action plan, endorsed by 14 Pacific Island Countries at Ministerial level, and subsequently by 16 Pacific Countries (including Australia and New Zealand) at Heads of State level, has been incorporated into a so-called Type II Partnership Initiative and was submitted by the Pacific Island Countries to the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) in Johannesburg during the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in August 2002.
The objectives of the Partnership are:
- To strengthen existing and build new partnerships on water and wastewater - to create a regional water network;
- To implement the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Water Management; and
- To implement the Pacific Wastewater Policy Statement and the Pacific Wastewater Framework for Action, in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
Please refer to the link below:
3rd World Water Forum Meeting Documents
4th World Water Forum Pacific Preparations
5th World Water Forum, Istanbul, Turkey, from 16 to 22 March 2009
3rd Progress Report and Pacific Position Paper in preparation for the 5th World Water Forum
2nd Steering Committee Meeting for the Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management 22 September, Honiara, Solomon Islands