In 2012, at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, youth mobilization was organized for the first time in a more structured way. It was at this event that key global networks in the water and sanitation sector were initiated. Over the last decade, youth water actors have multiplied, at all levels, giving more and more volume to youth water engagement. However, youth advocacy, engagement groups and network associations in the water sector have too often been fragmented, diminishing the collective voice and influence of young people.
This is why, at the last World Water Forum in Senegal, young people from all over the world were given the opportunity to work together and with key actors, to move towards the necessary transformations that our societies and our planet need to ensure a sustainable and more equitable future. The main output of the 9th World Water Forum was the announcement of the idea of creating the Global Youth Movement for Water, a coalition of organisations active in the water & youth sector.
Our mission is to enhance the recognition, role and impact of youth in triggering and supporting the necessary societal transformation for a water secure future for all. The Movement aims at gathering any youth-led structure to pool all resources and thus increase our bargaining power with the clear intention to influence decision making and stimulate concrete actions at all levels and in in all relevant fields. Therefore, the Movement shall connect organisations active in the water & youth space to foster collaboration and synergies and increase the outreach and impact of all actors in this sector, from the local to the global levels. It will provide youth-led organisations with more visibility, credibility and recognition to existing and emerging networks and organisations as they engage and support individuals who wish to take action.
The Movement is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and l’Agence de l’eau ArtoisPicardie.