Multi Stakeholder Dialogue on Water in the post-2015 agenda
Presentation and Discussion of the Results of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water

Thursday 21 March 2013 – International Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, The Hague, the Netherlands


08:30 – 09:30 Registration of participants

09:30 – 10:40 Opening session

  • H.R.H. the Prince of Orange, Words of Welcome and Opening
  • Ms Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, chairwoman of the High Level Panel on Post 2015 Development Agenda, on the importance of water from a development perspective
  • Ms Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands, on the essence of international attention for water
  • Video message of Mr Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations
  • UN ‘World We Want’. Presentation of the key-findings and outcomes of the Thematic Consultations on Water by Ms Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs (UNICEF), Mr Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) and Mr Bert Diphoorn, Director for Human Settlements and Financing Division of UN-Habitat interviewed by moderator Mr Paul Hohnen
  • Mr Bernard Wientjes, President VNO-NCW – Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers, on the international business perspective on water
  • Aims of the Multi Stakeholder Dialogue and the High Level Meeting and the Global Thematic Consultations on Water by Ms Kitty van der Heijden, Ambassador for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 13:00 Round Table Dialogues – Round 1

  • Water in the Post-2015 Agenda: Water and Poverty Reduction, Equity and Sustainability Key Messages of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water
    Moderation by Mr Paul Hohnen and Ms Brigitte van Baren with contribution from Ms Ikal Angelei, Friends of Lake Turkana, Kenya
  • Presentation of Blue Water Passports to participants from Asia, Africa and Latin America by Ms Maggie White, Associate Secretary General of ISW, Canada

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Buffet in the Foyer

14:00 – 15:00 Round Table Dialogues – Round 1 (continued)

  • Plenary feedback from the morning session of the Round Tables and plenary discussion to agree on concluding elements for the ‘Wake up Call’ and selection of two key challenges
  • Musical performance by Ms Neda Boin and Dr Rum

14:45 – 15:00 Round Table Dialogues – Round 2

  • Ms Nafisa Barot, Director of Utthan, India, non-governmental perspectives on sustainable, gender-sensitive processes for development and end-users of water
  • Ms Patti Londoño, Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Colombia on governmental financing of water

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:00 – 18:00 Round Table Dialogues – Round 2 (continued)

  • Taking action towards Inclusive Finance for WASH, Water Resources and Waste Water and Water Quality – Key Messages of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water
    Moderation by Mr Paul Hohnen and Ms Ama van Dantzig
  • Wrap up of the discussion per table
  • Plenary feedback from round 2 and plenary discussion to agree on concluding elements for the ‘Wake up Call on Water’ and selection of two key challenges with comments by Mr Richard (Roy) TORKELSON, United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
  • Plenary discussion on the recommendations from the two dialogue rounds on the Thematic Consultations on Water

18:00 Grand finale of the day
Spectacular and Interactive Presentation of the “Wake up Call on Water” agreed by delegates of the Multi Stakeholder dialogue

18:15 – 21:00 Reception and walking dinner in the historic main hall of the International Peace Palace. With background music by concert pianist Jelmer van Veen



ANNEX 1 Cultural Performances during the Multi Stakeholder Dialogue in the Hague

Todoroki Wadaiko
Japanese Drums, Germany

The Taiko (Japanese for ‘thick drum’) is well known for its majestic deep sound, which fills big halls and touches the heart of the audience. Todoroki Wadaiko is a group of passionate drummers from Würzburg, Germany. The group was founded in 2008 by Michael Röthlein, and has now grown to nearly 20 members including founding members like Reinhard Seitz. Several times a year, the group receives workshops from Tanaka Noboru Sensei, an experienced Japanese Taiko teacher from Tokyo.
Rhythm, movement and concentration – Taiko improves physical and mental power and tries to transfer this power to the audience. A natural power like storm, thunder and… water.

Jelmer van Veen
Pianist, The Netherlands
Jelmer van Veen is an acclaimed jazz pianist from the Netherlands, with an international reputation of bringing a jazzy groove to high-level events. He received his musical education from big names from the Dutch jazz landscape, such as Harmen Fraanje and Jeroen van Vliet. Jelmer will play a selection of light classical pieces, as well as jazz compositions, which are inspired by water.

Neda Boin
Vocal performer, The Netherlands
Neda Boin is a young vocal performer, vocal coach and pianist from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She received her education from the Conservatory and has a passion for music and for development projects, ideally combining the two. Neda just returned from the Thumbs Up Africa adventure – a hitchhiking journey, 24.000 km from The Netherlands to South Africa – that had the aim of raising awareness on sustainable development in a unprecedented way, and giving a face t this intangible concept. The journey was filmed and followed through various medea channels.



ANNEX 2 Other side events on and around World Water Day in The Hague

Preparatory Youth Program 16 – 20 March 2013
In order to strengthen participation of young people at the current events, a selected group of young water advocates from all around the world have gathered in The Netherlands for a Preparatory Youth Program. The participants have exchanged views and experiences and prepared for a productive contribution to this Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue and to World Water Day 2013.

This program aims to go beyond the understanding and awareness of water issues and global interdependency, and towards a vision and guideline for inclusive, intersectoral, and intergenerational water cooperation, on global, national, and local scale. These very diverse young people are united by their commitment to international water cooperation. As we are all: united by water.
Video interview spot
This month, the first WaterCouch lands at the 2013 World Water Day celebrations in the Netherlands. This is the latest concept from Akvo and IRC, the team behind the popular Stockholm World Water Cube, which has brought more than 500 online interviews with people working to solve the world’s water and sanitation problems.

WaterCouch is a video interview spot that is open to all. It is designed to bring the people and issues at stake to life – over the World Wide Web – sharing insights and engaging a new, more connected generation. The dynamic, independent team of video reporters uses simple video cameras or mobile phones to profile the people attending. Each rapid-fire interview is edited and shared online right away, and is easy to feature on any website.

The WaterCouch is a joint venture between Akvo, IRC and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Watch content throughout the event at

Walking for Water
Walking for Water is an awareness and fundraising initiative. School children aged 10-15 are sponsored by friends and family to walk 6 kilometres while carrying 6 litres of water in a backpack. Children learn about global water issues, while raising funds to help solve them.
The concept of Walking for Water was pioneered in the Netherlands by NGO Aqua for All, and has grown in popularity every year since it started in 2003.

On 22 March, people will Walk for Water in The Netherlands and in many countries around the world. Representatives of the Walking for Water Campaign will also be present during the celebrations of World Water Day in The Hague to present the initiative and the success story in The Netherlands over the last 10 years.

The younger generation needs to understand what goes on in the world in relation to one of life’s essentials – water. However, understanding the issues is actually only half of the equation. Kids also need to discover that they have the power to do something about it, to create change. Within the Walking for Water initiative, equal importance is placed on raising awareness about the issues and on empowering kids to help their peers get access to safe drinking water.