High-Level Panel on Water and Sanitation


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim have announced the appointment of 10 Heads of State and Government, as well as two Special Advisors who will advocate for water and sanitation on a high-level panel.

During the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, the UN and the World Bank Group announced the intention to form a panel to urgently mobilize action toward Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation. Just last week, the members of the High-Level Panel on Water were announced. Co-chaired by the Presidents of Mauritius and Mexico, the panel comprises eight additional Heads of State/Government, as well as two Special Advisors. The Panel will work towards motivating effective action by shining a light on examples

of policies, institutions, and programs that could help the world onto a more sustainable pathway. The members will also advocate on financing and implementation by  by promoting efforts to mobilize and target financial resources, scale-up investment, and encourage innovation and partnerships, The Panel is supported by a Joint Secretariat comprising UN-DESA and the World Bank Group. UN-Water will be part of the Joint Secretariat to feed the technical water expertise of the rest of the UN system through UN-Water.

Panel Members

Ameenah Gurib, President of Mauritius (Co-Chair)
Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico (Co-Chair)
Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia
Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
János Áder, President of Hungary
Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister of Jordan
Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa
Macky Sall, President of Senegal
Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan
Han Seung-soo, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (Special Advisor)
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for the Environment of Peru (Special Advisor)