On 6-7 February 2013, the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education convened an expert meeting on capacity development and water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting gathered 25 international experts and was held in order to contribute the institute's expertise in water sector capacity development to current formal and informal debates that are taking place in the course of formulating Sustainable Development Goals.
Water supply, sanitation and water resources are affected not only by climate change, rising demands for water and increasing pollution of sources but also by weak human, organisational and institutional capacity. Although of central importance to the sustainable attainment of water-related SDGs, capacity development is an issue that had not yet been included in the current debates.
The meeting focused on indicators for measuring progress with water-related capacity development. The outcomes of the February Expert Meeting will be made available shortly and will feed directly into the 5th Delft Symposium in May 2013 as well as the 2013 Budapest Water Summit, 9-11 October 2013 which will provide a forum to take stock of developments in and outside the UN system in preparing the water-related SDGs.
The 5th Delft Symposium took place from 29-31 May 2013. It was being organised by UNESCO-IHE in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, Cap-Net UNDP, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands and Vitens-Evides International. The Symposium is foreseen as the international forum for water users, development practitioners, researchers, policy makers, water professionals and capacity development specialists to discuss "Developing capacity from Rio to reality: Who is taking the lead?.