Environment in emerging and transition economies

The water challenge: OECD's response

 

The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction documents some of the consequences of having too much, too little, or too polluted water. Subsequent work has focused on managing water scarcity, water quality, and water-related disasters. It has identified governance and finance as essential enabling conditions. Some of the work focuses on water for agriculture or cities. Ministers from OECD’s 34 member countries welcomed, on 4 June 2015, the new OECD Principles on Water Governance, which set standards for more effective, efficient and inclusive design and implementation of water policies, and encouraged governments to put them into action.

The OECD is endeavouring to capture policy recommendations that derive from its past and recent work on water in a single, consistent and action-oriented policy paper. This endeavour is expected to come to fruition at the end of 2016. 


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    Global Water Governance – speech by OECD Secretary-General for UNSGAB’s meeting,
New York, November 2015

 2015 REPORTS

 

 

POLICY HIGHLIGHTS & PERSPECTIVES 

WATER: WHAT'S HAPPENING IN 2015-16

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WATER: TOWARDS A BRIGHTER FUTURE - oecd observer

  • Water, like air and food, is our life support. It covers about 70% of the surface of our planet. But only 2.5% of it is fresh water, the rest being ocean, with a small fraction of that being available as drinking water. As a fragile resource, water must be nurtured with investment, management and care. From oceans and vaste rivers to the spring in the garden, we must safeguard our water as a source of well-being, prosperity and progress... We must turn water into a flow of new opportunities for green, inclusive, sustainable growth, OECD Secretary-General.

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