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Third Meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative

28-29 April 2014

Casa de América, Madrid, Spain

The meeting will offer the opportunity for delegates to:

  • Discuss recent developments in the Global Water Agenda (7th World Water Forum, Post-2015 Development Agenda);
  • Discuss the scope, rationale and building blocks of OECD Principles on Water Governance, building on the policy messages from the 4 Thematic Working Groups on stakeholder engagement; performance and governance of water services; basin governance; and integrity and transparency;
  • Discuss ways forward to build Water Governance Indicators to support the effectiveness and performance institutions and governance arrangements;
  • Draw lessons from regional initiatives in support of better water governance, in particular in Middle East and North Africa; and
  • Share experience on current and forthcoming water governance reforms, events and projects;

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 For further information, please contact Delphine Clavreul (Delphine.clavreul@oecd.gov)

 

Why does water governance matter?


 

The “water crisis” is mainly a governance crisis

Managed correctly, there is enough water on earth for all, but managing water is a complex issue involving multiple stakeholders from all levels of government with different views and objectives.  A lack of effective management of these interdependent stakeholders can hinder the efficient design and implementation of water policy reform.

 

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to water governance challenges

Water policies need to be tailored to local characteristics and concerns. Whether in developed or developing countries, whether water is scarce or plentiful, common challenges can be identified so that proper responses can be developed. To tackle these challenges, countries need to take stock of lessons learnt, identify good practices and develop tools to create effective, fair and sustainable water policies. These solutions must be developed and implemented by all stakeholders and at all levels of government

 

 

Objectives of the OECD programme on water governance


 
As part of the OECD Horizontal Programme on Water, extensive work is being undertaken to help policymakers deal with critical water governance challenges, make specific water reforms happen, and improve the outcomes of water policies.

 

The OECD Water Governance Programme is dedicated to analysing multi-level governance and coordination challenges in the water sector, and providing countries with customized policy guidance accordingly.

 

 

A Multi-stakeholder platform on water governance


 

The OECD Initiative on Water Governance is an innovative network of OECD and non-OECD public, private and not-for profit actors gathering twice a year in a Policy Forum to support better governance in the water sector through experience sharing, analytical work and peer-to-peer dialogue.

 

With a view to contributing to the 7th WWF (Korea, April 2015), the Initiative will carry out its activities through 4 Thematic Working Groups on stakeholder engagement, performance of water supply and sanitation, basin governance, integrity and transparency, in close collaboration with Regional Partners in the different continents.

 

Plenary meetings

The 2nd meeting of the Initiative took place on 7-8 November 2013 in OECD Headquarters, Paris. The meeting gathered around 100 delegates to discuss recent developments in the global water agenda; kick-off the thematic work of the Initiative; and share key messages from on-going water governance reforms, publications and events.

 

For more information on the meeting:

 

 

Video message from Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General

The 1st meeting of the Initiative took place in Paris on 27 & 28 March 2013.

 

The meeting gathered 75 stakeholders, representing 25 countries, to share on-going reforms and good practices towards effective water governance.

 

For more information on the meeting:

 

An Inventory of water governance tools, practices & guidelines


 

The Inventory was prepared to support the work of the OECD Initiative on Water Governance. It gathers more than 100 governance tools, water and non-water specific, and is structured around 4 thematic building blocks:

  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Performance & Governance of Water Supply and Sanitation
  • Basin Governance;
  • Integrity & Transparency

The Inventory will be up-dated regularly.

 

 

Publications on water governance


 

Water Governance in the Netherlands: Fit for the Future? (2014)

Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico (2013)

Cover: Water Governance Netherlands
 
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This publication is available in Spanish

 

Water governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: A multi-level approach (2012)

Water governance in OECD countries: A multi-level approach (2011)

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This publication is available in French

 

 The full list of Water Governance publications can also be consulted here

 

The 6th World Water Forum

12-17 March 2012, Marseille, France


 

Key messages and outcomes of the "Good Governance" sessions

This report was prepared with the contribution of the members of the “Good Governance” Core Group, and summarizes key messages and outcomes from the governance discussions in Marseille.

 

The report provides a summary of the governance sessions as well as the recommendations and commitments formulated during the Forum to support the implementation of the agreed-upon targets up to the 7th World Water Forum (12-17 April 2015, Korea).

 

 

  Good Governance as a condition for success

In 2011-2012, 400 contributors in six taskforces worked together under OECD leadership, to develop concrete, measurable and achievable “solutions” to foster good governance in the water sector. These solutions were gathered in a synthesis report, produced for the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille.

 

 

 Nine “Good Governance” official sessions were organised during the Forum, as well as 4 related sessions in the Regional Process of the 6th WWF.


 

 Find out more on the OECD participation to the 6th World Water Forum.

 

 

Contact us


 

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