Saskia Hollander is executive director at The Broker. She holds a PhD in political science from Radboud University Nijmegen. She previously worked at the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV). Her professional interests include democratic institutions, the quality of democracy, political participation, and political and economic inequality.
The UN’s two-day event on water issued a call for a Post-2015 development framework that is less fragmented than the process of formulating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is integrated with the sustainable development agenda. So far, this is line with the main findings of The Broker’s online consultation ‘Prioritising water after 2015’. To develop a more comprehensive framework, the interlinkages between global challenges like food and energy security need to be acknowledged. Yet, exactly what form this framework should take is a question that the prominent guests left largely unanswered.
The contributors to ‘Prioritising Water’ offered a wide range of sometimes detailed recommendations on how the post-2015 agenda should address the key challenges discussed during the debate. Below we take a look at these recommendations in the context of a number of broader lines of thought.
In two years’ time, the MDGs will come to an end. They will be replaced by a new post-2015 development agenda, which will set new global development targets. The Broker online debate ‘Prioritising water after 2015’ has made a strong plea to replace the more fragmented MDG process with an integrated approach interlinking water with other related themes.
Due to the relationship between water and current global challenges, such as global trade regulation, food and energy security, environmental sustainability and conflict resolution, the formulation of the post-2015 development goals requires a coherent and multidisciplinary agenda on water cooperation.