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ECLAC invites directors of Ibero-American water agencies to be part of the Water Sustainability Network and Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean

17 November 2023|Briefing note

ECLAC was present in the XXIV Conference of Ibero-American water Directors, inviting them to be a part of the Water Sustainability Network and Observatory (Red y Observatorio para la Sostenibilidad del Agua, ROSA).

Between November 15 and 17th, in Havana, Cuba, the XXIV Conference of Ibero-American Water Directors (Conferencia de Directores Iberoameircanos del Agua, CODIA) was held, including the high-level seminar: Advances and Challenges in improving the quality of Water and Wastewater Treatment in the SDG6 Acceleration Framework applied to SDG goal 6.3 and its indicators 6.3.1 and 6.3.2. CODIA is conformed by 22 countries, present at the Conference. They include: Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras , Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. You can find more information about CODIA and the meeting here.

In this instance, ECLAC, through the Natural Resources Division, was present, presenting in the thematic segment related to the Regional Dialogue on “Ibero-American Cooperation on Water”. In detail, Elisa Blanco, research assistant of the Division, participated virtually, presenting the Network and Observatory for Water Sustainability (ROSA) project and inviting the directors of the water agencies, part of CODIA, to be part of this initiative.


Background of the ROSA project

The ROSA project aims to strengthen the institutional and technical capacities of Latin American and Caribbean countries to implement a sustainable and inclusive transition in water management. The above, to promote better water policies and technical capacities to collect and use SDG 6 indicators (clean water and sanitation). In pilot form, the technical support project is being carried out in five countries: Colombia, Bolivia, El Salvador, Panama and the Dominican Republic, who have committed to strengthening regional and territorial water cooperation so that it is inclusive, intersectoral and action oriented. The above, through incentives and multi-actor alliances, adopting the principles of water valuation and seeking to accelerate and realign the trajectories of the countries to achieve SDG 6. Likewise, the project seeks to develop an observatory, which acts as a digital repository with relevant indicators and data, as well as with policies, plans and strategies of the different countries regarding sustainable water management. Here you can find more information about the project.