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Making water integral to sustainable development

Mar 24, 2009

United Nations World Water Development Report: Water in a Changing World (WWDR-3) released recently focuses on linking water to the decisions on sustainable development. It presents a comprehensive review of the world’s freshwater resources and addresses various themes for a holistic living.

United Nations World Water Development Report: Water in a Changing World (WWDR-3)

Publisher: UNESCO

The WWDR is a significant development on the assessment of water in the changing world and the decisions that effect water usage. Historically important decisions affecting water management have always been made outside the water sector and driven by external, largely unpredictable drivers. This report unveils the need for incorporating water as an integral component in sustainable management.


It highlights various issues like climate change, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), groundwater, biodiversity, water and migration, water and infrastructure, biofuels, etc. as part of the sustainable use of water.

In succession to the ongoing worldwide assessment on the progress made towards achieving the goals of sustainable development set out by the United Nations the report highlights the lineage of commitments and efforts made in the international community to resolve the world's water problems.

The report is a joint effort by 26 UN agencies and entities, which make up UN-Water, working in partnership with governments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders.

The new features include:

A  new Table of Contents that points out new and modern dimensions to water , the understanding on what drives the pressure on water , policies laws and finance, impact of water use on water systems and environment , state of the resources , options inside and outside the water box etc .

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) a body of scientists, policy and decision makers, stakeholders, representatives from member states, academia, research institutions, nongovernmental organisations, public and professional organisations, and two ex-officio members for devising holistic solutions.

Accompanying Publications to provide more focused, in-depth information, scientific background knowledge, policy guidelines and interface with other, less conventional water sectors.

Side Processes to address relevant issues for capacity building.

Source : UNESCO
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