COVID-19 has further accelerated existing problems and injustices vs. the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To recover in a resilient and durable way, a return to ‘business as usual’ and environmentally destructive investment patterns must be avoided. We need to align our investments with the overarching approach to “build back better” set by the UN and the OECD. The focus of this approach lies on placing investments that will reduce the likelihood of future shocks by increasing society’s resilience and by focusing on well-being and inclusiveness.
When it comes to SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, we have to be aware of the fact, that there are millions of people world wide, especially in developing countries, who suffer from supply disruptions, inadequate access to clean water and handwashing facilities during the pandemic. Additionally, in regard to future population growth, there are going to be even more pandemics in the following decades. When it comes to a strategy of building back better in context of SDG 6, we therefore see it as our task to make water supply systems in developing countries more resilient.
The focus of this round table should therefore lie on a discussion on how we could reach that goal through the way we are placing our investments in water. The main question is: what can we, as social investors, do to build back better water supply and sanitation systems in developing countries?
Session format: roundabout
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