Thematic Process T.4.4.5
An initiative to develop a global "water ethics charter" was proposed by the 2012 WWF in Marseille, and is now active with support from UNESCO, Water-Culture Institute, and others [Details at http://waterethics.org/the-water-ethics-charter/]. The initiative is currently in the consultative stage. It will be finalized in 2016 and then open for endorsement by cities, companies, basin organizations, and other entities. This session will present the Charter concept (which is still under development) and invite the session participants to offer input as part of the consultation process. The session will be divided into three parts. Part 1 will provide an overview of Ethics as a theme of water use and governance during the past two decades and show how the Charter is building on these efforts. Part 2 will be short presentations on key elements of the Water Ethics Charter. Part 3 will be an interactive, facilitated discussion in small groups focusing on how the Charter could be implemented at both global and local levels..