Draft of the suggestion of the Youth Task Force for the Youth declaration at the 6th World Water Forum
We, young people from all over the world, have gathered at the 6th World Water Forum to share with you our vision of the world we want to live in. In this declaration we underline what we think are the main challenges and how they could best be tackled.
The world will face daunting water challenges, strongly linked with other global issues such as world population growth, migration, climate change, land use, energy, agriculture, food security, natural disasters and green growth. We, the next generation, will have to face these difficulties if nothing is done today to tackle them.
The youth plays a vital role in solving the water-related problems addressed here at the 6th World Water Forum. We are independent, we are united in our aim of creating a secure future for all. We have the ability to bridge the divides between the developing and the developed, policy-makers and civil society, different cultures and we have a high stake in what is done today, to solve the problems of tomorrow. This is why it is important for us to engage in the national and international debates concerning these issues.
We want to stand up and voice what we believe cannot be neglected in order to ensure that every human being, young and old, has access to water and sanitation services and protection against water threats where needed. We call decisions makers to hear our voice and make engaging decisions today so that we can continue to work on a livable world in the future.
We recognize the efforts of all actors before and during the Forum – however we also observe that progress in solving water-related problems is often slow and difficult. We therefore urge everyone to take action and to involve youth in all efforts.
We, as the youth of the world, gathered our inputs for the 6th World Water Forum, which combine ideas for ways forward as well as specific solutions, and state the following: