G8 Evian Action Plan on Water

Sectors : Economic governance and public finance management, Sustainable development, Water and Sanitation, Aid volume, Debt relief, Domestic resource mobilisation, Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance, Investment
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Heads of State


Commitments in: Infrastructure - Water and Sanitation

“...1 Promoting good governance
1.1 We are committed to assisting, as a priority, countries that make a political commitment to prioritise safe drinking water and basic sanitation as part of their strategy to promote sustainable development, including poverty eradication, in their efforts to:
"develop comprehensive plans for the integrated management and efficient use of water resources;
"develop an institutional framework that is stable, transparent and based on the rule of law, respecting fundamental human needs and ecosystems conservation, and promoting local empowerment and appropriate cost recovery approaches;
"establish clear objectives and, where appropriate, develop and evaluate performance indicators.

1.2 We will support these countries' capacity building efforts to develop the skills necessary to provide efficient public services, seeking to help partner countries to:
"develop appropriate legal, regulatory, institutional and technical frameworks;
"strengthen basic and further professional training institutions in water management, or create them, where necessary

1.3 In view of the importance of river basin management, we will reinforce our efforts to:
"provide assistance for the development of integrated water resources management and water efficiency plans;
"support better management and development of shared river basins;
"promote river basin co−operation throughout the world, with a particular attention to African river basins...”


“2 Utilising all financial resources In line with the Monterrey Consensus and the WSSD Plan of Implementation, bearing in mind the different needs of rural and urban populations, we are committed to:

2.1 Give high priority in Official Development Aid allocation to sound water and sanitation proposals of developing country partners. This can be a catalyst to mobilise other financial flows;

2.2 Help mobilise domestic resources for water infrastructure financing through the development and strengthening of local capital markets and financial institutions, particularly by:
"establishing, where appropriate, at the national and local levels, revolving funds that offer local currency;
"appropriate risk mitigation mechanisms;
"providing technical assistance for the development of efficient local financial markets and building municipal government capacity to design and implement financially viable projects;
"providing, as appropriate, targeted subsidies for the poorest communities that cannot fully service market rate debt...”


“...2.3 Encourage international financial institutions (IFIs) to give the necessary priority to water;

2.4 Promote cost recovery with "output based aid" approaches to ensure access to services for those least able to afford them;

2.5 Promote public−private partnerships (PPPs), where appropriate and suitable, particularly by:
"inducing private−sector investments and encouraging use of local currency;
"facilitating international commercial investment and lending through use of risk guarantee schemes;
"encouraging the harmonisation of operational procedures;
"facilitating the issue of national and international tenders;

2.6 Apply, on a voluntary basis, tools for development assistance for water and sanitation projects that may include such financing mechanisms as: concessional financing consistent with international rules on financial aid, project financing, micro and meso−financing and debt for investment swaps;

2.7 Encourage financing of sound irrigation practices;

2.8 Improve co−operation and co−ordination between donors, seeking better synergy among our various initiatives...”


“4 Strengthening monitoring, assessment and research
4.1 In collaboration with all stakeholders, we will promote co−ordination of mechanisms for information sharing and monitoring by utilising existing UN and other systems and the network of websites established at the Third World Water Forum Ministerial Conference, and will encourage relevant international organisations to operate them.

4.2 We will support strengthening water monitoring capacity in partner countries to complement existing monitoring efforts.

4.3 We will support the development of mechanisms for collaboration in water−cycle related research, and enhance research efforts in this area.”