W12 Framework and Protocol
The W12 Protocol is a document and database that provides useful, cutting-edge information for city-level decision makers who are working with partners from multiple sectors to become a more water-secure city. The W12 Framework provides the introduction to the W12 Protocol. It brings a synthetic perspective that has been lacking in much earlier work.
City leaders will be invited to sign their endorsement of the W12 Framework at the May Congress, when the W12 Framework will be released. The W12 Protocol aims to be released by December 2020.
The W12 Protocol provides an opportunity for city-to-city learning and best practices derived from those who are working on water security issues globally. It will be accessible on a UNESCO-endorsed platform that is the go-to site for cities facing escalating water shortages.
Given that cities are at different crisis levels in terms of their water scarcity, city capacity, technology, and financial stability, this resource must be useful to a wide variety of municipalities: cities in crisis, those just out of a crisis, and those looking ahead to avoid crisis. Its ultimate aim is to empower leaders within cities who are faced with pervasive issues of climate change, water scarcity, and rapid urbanization. At the same time, it should serve as a guide to businesses, NPOs, other levels of government (regional, provincial, national), and intergovernmental organizations that interact with cities about water provision, funding, and policies.
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