26 May 2016


Supporting Statements for the Megacities Alliance


“The conference “Water, Megacities and Global Change” held at UNESCO in Paris, December 2015, sent a clear message to the world — cities are where the battle for sustainable development must be won. The new Sustainable Development Goals — especially Goal 6 on universal access to water and sanitation services — will only be achieved with the involvement of the world’s largest cities. This is why the creation of a platform for megacities to exchange experience and know-how on water related issues is so essential today”.

Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

“Access to safe water and sanitation constitutes a major challenge for large global capitals. During the Cop 21 held in Paris, the local governments of all countries have pointed to a strong willingness to provide safe water in sufficient quantity and quality to each inhabitant of the planet. The development of an international exchange platform between large metropolises represents a genuine step forward, possibly improving the living conditions of billions of men and women and translating our commitment to a more unified and equitable world into action and results”.

Mrs. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

“Around the world, Megacities are facing huge issues in relation with water because of urban growth and climate change. SIAAP, as the greater Paris sanitation utility, is convinced that many experiences have to be shared between megacities for a better adaptation. Besides, sanitation is becoming the core of many challenges and at the same time the solutions. That’s why SIAAP supports the establishment of a platform dedicated to large urban scale and will pay special attention to the sanitation aspects”.

Mr. Belaïde Bedreddine , President of SIAAP (Sanitation Operator for the Paris Region)

“As an association founded by Local Authorities in the Paris Region, we are deeply conscious that the governance of water in megacities is a complex task. Therefore, it is necessary to connect all stakeholders from the water sector (researchers, operators, decision makers and civil society representatives) and organise a benchmark of megacities’ local solutions. The platform is a first step to compile the issues and discuss solutions that will accompany the public policies”.

Mr. Jean-Claude Deutsch, President of ARCEAU IdF

“Megacities in India are somewhat better off than its villages in attainment of Sustainable Development Goal Number 6, ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’, although significant work is necessary to improve quality of water distribution in poorer areas and slums. The peripheral growth on the outskirts of Megacities causes more concern from water supply and sanitation angle. Megacities in India have more reason to worry about implications of Goal 13 about Climate Change since these can cause unpredictable high tides, floods and tsunamis. Mumbai will be happy to join the ‘Megacities Alliance for Water under Climate Change’ since it will be useful to exchange experience and expertise of various Megacities”.

Mrs. Snehal S. Ambekar, Mayor of Mumbai

“With nearly 30 million inhabitants, the Metropolitan Area of Mexico City faces one of the major water challenges on the planet. Climate change and water shortage will have significant impact on economic development and the quality of life of our population. Participating in the UNESCO Megacities’ Alliance to exchange experiences, and taking part of a collaborative platform for mega-cities water management, will be paramount not only to learn and replicate successful experiences, but also to generate strategic partnerships among cities and international institutions”.

Mrs. Martha Delgado, General Director, Global Cities Covenant on Climate Secretariat, Mexico City

“Of the projected additional 2.4 billion to the global population between 2015 and 2050, Africa’s share is estimated at 1.3 billion and the difficulties African cities currently face in providing sustainable water services will be exacerbated. At African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), we are thinking ahead, providing the necessary political leadership, policy direction and advocacy in bringing about sustainable management of water resources. AMCOW therefore welcomes the UNESCO Megacities Alliance for Water as the initiative aligns with Africa Water Vision 2025 which envisions an Africa where there is equitable and sustainable use and management of water resources for poverty alleviation, socio-economic development, regional cooperation and environment”.

Bai Mass Taal, AMCOW (African Ministers Council on Water) Executive Secretary

“The issue of Water, Megacities and Global Change requires to identify effective impacts related to water management and the analysis on how these affect low income population such as what the monograph “ Water, Management and Climate Change in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, Argentina “ does. This major challenge must be faced by National and Local Governments with criteria of equity and efficiency and through policies, investments and sustainable. The implementation of a platform for exchanges of experiences would be an effective tool to guide improvements on megacities all over the world”.

Mr. Pablo J. Bereciartua, Undersecretary of National Water Resources, Buenos Aires, Argentine