The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction focuses on the four items identified as most pressing in previous OECD work. Water is one of them. The Outlook documents increasing competition between water users to access the resource. Farmers, and the environment, will have to compete with cities, energy suppliers, and several industries, to get the water they need. This create new risks (if any water user does not have access to the volume and quality of water it needs) and trade-offs (how should water be allocated between competing users?). OECD work on water aims at facilitating the reform of water policies, so that they are better attuned to these and related challenges.
- OECD celebrates World Toilet Day, 19 November 2013. Read our Blog
- 2nd Meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative, 7-8 November 2013
- International Conference on Water "Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities: Policy, Economics, Environment, Regulation and Technologies, 23 October 2013, Tel Aviv.
- Launch of the flagship report, Water Security for Better Lives and the new report, Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters, by OECD Secretary-General at the World Water Week, 1-6 September 2013, Stockholm. OECD staff participated in a number of seminars and events throughout the week.
- 19 August 2013 News release: Report on Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities.
- Financing Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries: The Contribution of External Aid (Brochure)
- OECD's contribution to the Post-2015 Development Agenda for water. The outcomes from the consultation will feed into a broader discussion on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
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