Business Action for Water
Business Action for Water was formed in 2004 by the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Their remit was clear: to provide a business perspective at the 13th session (11-22 April 2005) of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), which focused on water, sanitation and human settlements.
Originally intended to be an ad-hoc temporary organisation, Business Action for Water was renewed for the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, 2009 . Providing the unitary voice for business, the purpose of Business Action for Water at the World Water Forum was unambiguous.
"The overall aim of Business Action for Water is to profile business and industry as positive agents to achieve the goals, commitments and activities of the World Water Forum. It will try to achieve this by 1) communicating and promoting business contributions as a partner in water-related issues, and 2) ensuring business has a seat at the water table, i.e., that the needs and interests of business are also taken into account in a reasonable and equitable way by the international community" .
The original founders of Business Action for Water, the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development represent scores of businesses. As they acknowledge they bring 'together a comprehensive network of businesses, large and small, drawn from many sectors and regions around the world' .
The renewed Business Action for Water which prepared for and then worked at the World Water Forum also included private water lobbyists Aquafed, as well as the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. The Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD has an ad-hoc water committee. The Chairman of the Ad-Hoc water group at the Business and Industry Advisory Committee is, coincidentally, Jack Moss a senior figure at Aquafed .
As has been made clear the objectives of Business Action for Water is to promote the interests of private business in any discussions relating to water policy at a global level.
Amongst their arguments is to raise the political profile of water amongst decision-makers. Moreover, that governments invest in water infrasructure as part of their their 'economic stimulus programs' introduced in various countries to tackle the current economic crisis .
The type of decisions they wish to see made by decision makers were made pretty clear in their contribution to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. They reminded the commission of the need to marry the cononomic, social and environmental as well as their abilities and their willingness to assist
- International Chamber of Commerce Environment and Energy Business Action for Water Accessed 6th January 2010
- Business Action for Water - The Business Network Dedicated to the World Water Forum Accessed 6th January 2010
- Business Action for Water
- BIAC Ad-Hoc group on Water profile Accessed 6th January 2010
- Business Action for Water BUSINESS CALLS ON ISTANBUL FORUM TO RAISE POLITICAL PROFILE OF WATER Accessed 6th January 2010