JUDGES FOCUS ON WATER JUSTICE AT 8TH WORLD WATER FORUM

04/02/2018

The Eighth World Water Forum, which took place in Brazil from March 18-22, comprised several parallel processes that affirmed the respective roles of judges, local and regional authorities, parliamentarians, and young people in the governance of water resources. The "Political Process" included a ministerial program, a local and regional authorities program, a mock "water court" involving judges and prosecutors, and a parliamentarians’ process. Water and sanitation ministers issued a Ministerial Declaration, which urges better coordination of UN activities in support of water-related goals, and encourages governments to strengthen their own national integrated water resources management policies and plans. Meanwhile, judges and prosecutors from around the world issued the Brasilia Declaration of Judges on Water Justice, which sets forth 10 principles for promoting water justice through the application of water law and environmental rule of law. ELI President Scott Fulton participated in an advisory and knowledge transfer capacity. For a summary, visit: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/world-water-forum-closes-with-calls-to-action-on-justice-human-rights-and-youth/.