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Financing Universal Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Under the Sustainable Development Goals: UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2017 Report

April 12, 2017

This GLAAS 2017 report is the fourth periodic report, and first thematic report, following on from earlier reports in 2010, 2012, and 2014. It presents an analysis of the most reliable and up-to-date data from 75 countries and 25 external support agencies (ESAs) on the issues related to WASH financing and other elements of the enabling environment, including plans, targets, data availability and measures to reach vulnerable populations.

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2016: Water and Jobs

March 25, 2016

Three out of four of the jobs worldwide are water-dependent. In fact, water shortages and lack of access may limit economic growth in the years to come, according to the 2016 United Nations World Water Development Report, Water and Jobs, launched on 22 March 2016, World Water Day, in Geneva. From its collection, through various uses, to its ultimate return to the natural environment, water is a key factor in the development of job opportunities either directly related to its management (supply, infrastructure, wastewater treatment, etc.) or in economic sectors that are heavily water-dependent such as agriculture, fishing, power, industry and health. Furthermore, good access to drinking water and sanitation promotes an educated and healthy workforce, which constitutes an essential factor for sustained economic growth. In its analysis of the economic impact of access to water, the report cites numerous studies that show a positive correlation between investments in the water sector and economic growth. It also highlights the key role of water in the transition to a green economy.

Eliminating Discrimination and Inequalities in Access to Water and Sanitation

October 27, 2015

This policy brief aims to provide guidance on non-discrimination and equality in the context of access to drinking water and sanitation, with a particular focus on women and girls. It also informs readers on the duty of States and responsibilities of non-State actors.

Water in the Green Economy: Capacity Development Aspects

May 1, 2012

This book discusses needs related to capacity development for water resources management, including water supply and sanitation, in the context of the green economy. It showcases theoretical and practical approaches with proven success. Most contributions come from members and partners within the interagency mechanism, UN-Water. The 11 case studies in this book range from innovative design and delivery of capacity development programs related to water in the green economy, market mechanisms, and quality control procedures supporting capacity development success towards the practical implementation of programs to enhance individual and institutional capacity.

Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to Water Resources Management 2012

January 1, 2012

UN-Water produced a status report regarding the progress of water resources management in several countries as well as possible outcomes and impacts of integrated approaches. It is also based on a 2011 UN-Water survey sent to the governments of all UN member states and a series of complementary interviews in 30 representative countries.

Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk: The United Nations World Water Development Report 4

January 1, 2012

This report introduces new aspects of water issues: 1) it reintroduces the 12 challenge area reports that provided the foundation for the first two World Water Development Reports (WWDR); 2) 4 new reports on water quality, groundwater, gender, and desertification, land degradation and drought; 3) in recognition that the global challenges of water can vary considerably across countries and regions, a series of 5 regional reports have been included; 4) a deeper analysis of the main external forces of freshwater resources and possibilities for their future evolution; 5) managing water under uncertainty and risk.

Water Development in South Africa

October 1, 2011

A report on South African water development: South Africa's water resources are, in global terms, scarce and extremely limited: average rainfall (450 mm per year) is well below the world average (of about 860 mm), evaporation is comparatively high, no truly large or navigable rivers exist, the combined runoff (of 49 billion cubic metres per year) is less than half of that of the Zambezi River, the closest large river to South Africa. In addition South Africa is also poorly endowed with groundwater and the natural availability of water across the country is highly uneven with more than 60% of the river flow arising from only 20% of the land. Four of South Africa's main rivers are shared with other countries, which together drain about 60% of the country's land area and contribute about 40% of its total surface runoff (river flow). Most urban and industrial development took place in locations remote from large watercourses, dictated either by the occurrence of mineral riches or influenced by the political dispensation of the past. Some irrigation were also established during times that water was still relatively abundant and little incentive existed for seeking the most beneficial application thereof. As a result, in several river basins the requirements for water already far exceeds its natural availability, and widely-spread and often large-scale transfers of water across catchments have therefore, been implemented.

Water in the Green Economy in Practice: A Water Toolbox or Best Practices Guide of Action

January 1, 2011

This water toolbox is an output from the UN-Water conference on "Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20". The objective is to provide proposals based on the analysis of existing practice, reflecting specifically on lessons from implementation, scaling up, and the relevance for developing transition countries.

Water Issues: Contributing to the Success of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development

January 1, 2010

This article is about the discussions held at the 16th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development and recognizes that Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) was the framework for the entire water sector and an essential tool for effectively managing water resources and water-related issues. This article highlights certain connections between water and the following thematic areas: 1) sustainable consumption and production, 2) mining, 3) chemicals, 4) waste management and 5) transport.

Status Report on Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Efficiency Plan: Prepared for the 16th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development

May 1, 2008

This report shows the progress made on meeting the target to "develop integrated water resources management and water efficiency plans by 2005, with support to developing countries, through actions at all levels" agreed upon at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in 2002, through the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPol). The report is based on a survey covering 104 countries, of which 77 are developing or countries in transition and 27 are developed (OECD and EU member states). The report also includes information gathered by the more informal surveys conducted earlier by the Global Water Partnership and the African Development Bank.

UN-Water Thematic Paper - Transboundary Waters: Sharing Benefits, Sharing Responsibilities

January 1, 2008

This paper is about regional cooperation over transboundary waters and transboundary aquifers. This paper discusses seven pillars that are usually considered for long-term, sustainable and reliable transboundary cooperation: 1) legal instruments, 2) institutional structures and capacity development, 3) an integrated approach, 4) exchange of information and joint monitoring and assessment, 5) a participatory approach, 6) benefits and costs-sharing, and 7) financing.

UN-Water and Global Water Partnership (GWP) Roadmapping for Advanced Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Processes

January 1, 2007

This report recommends a process for nations to develop "roadmaps" for integrated water resource management (IWRM). The IWRM approach facilitates mainstreaming water issues in the political economy of a country, and as such in all societal sectors. It focuses on efficient allocation of water to different water user groups and, in doing so, stresses the importance of involving all stakeholders in the decision-making process.