Biodiversity, water and natural resource management

OECD events on water


The OECD maintains an active progamme of water-related events:

  • International conferences dedicated to water issues (part of the OECD Global Forum series) – where recent OECD work is shared and further discussed with government officials and water experts from all over the world.
  • Sessions in key events in the international water agenda, such as the World Water Forum (held every three years) or the annual World Water Week – where policy messages from recent and on-going work are showcased.
  • Workshops and expert meetings that help implement the OECD programme by providing an opportuinity to receive and discuss expert input into OECD projects.
  • Water sessions in OECD meetings focused on other themes – such as governance and agricultural meetings.

A list of recent and upcoming events can be found below. More information about participation possibilities and outcomes can be obtained trough the links provided. In addition, OECD experts are often called to make water-related presentations in international events, and to provide expert input to global or regional processes.


Recent Events

Oct. 2013  International Conference on Water, 23 October 2013, Tel Aviv
Sept. 2013 OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week, 1-6 September, Stockholm. The OECD's Secretary-General as well as OECD staff from the Horizontal Water Programme participated in a number of seminars and events. Two new OECD Water reports were launched "Water Security for Better Lives" and "Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters".

Past Events

Aug. 2012 

OECD participation at the 2012 World Water Week, Stockholm

June 2012

OECD at Rio+20. The outcomes of the Rio+20 conference identify many areas for further work to move towards sustainable development and a greener economy. The OECD stands ready to assist countries to tailor green growth to their specific circumstances in areas including, reforming fossil fuel subsidies, greening jobs and skills and innovation.

March 2012

OECD participation in the 6th World Water Forum, 12-17 March 2012, Marseille. The OECD Secretary-General participated in a series of high-level panels. The OECD organised a side event, where several reports were launched. A series of sessions were organised by the Secretariat on selected Core Groups and Target Solution Groups.

Dec. 2011

COP17. OECD expert involvement focused on green growth and climate change, adaptation and mitigation, carbon accounting, improving transparency (“MRV”), climate finance and technology.

Oct. 2011

Global Forum on Environment: Making Water Reform Happen, 25-26 October 2011, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

Oct. 2011

Global Forum on Environment on the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050

Sept. 2010

7th "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference organised by the UN Economic Commission for Europe. OECD participation and launch "Ten Years of Water Sector Reform in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia" (Astana, Kazakhstan, 21-23 September 2011)

Aug. 2011

World Water Week 2011: Responding to Global Changes - Water in an Urbanising World (Stockholm, 21-27 August 2011)


COP16 in Cancun, Mexico, was a crucial step in the international effort to address climate change. The OECD actively participated in several ways, including through OECD side events, participation in other side events, an official statement and a publication stand.

Sept. 2010

OECD at 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm: The Water Quality Challenge, 5-11 Sept.

May 2010

OECD Workshop on Improving the information base to better guide water resource management decision making (Zaragoza, Spain).


OECD Expert Meeting on Water Economics and Financing (Paris, 15-17 March 2010). The aim of this meeting was to seek expert input to two on-going OECD projects on financing water resources management and the benefits of water supply and sanitation policies.


As a contribution to World Water Day, celebrated each year on 22 March, the OECD released three new publications on water: Pricing Water Resources and Water and Sanitation ServicesSustainable Management of Water Resources in Agriculture; and Innovative Financing Mechanisms for the Water Sector. The OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría made a special address on the occasion of the release of these reports on 16 March during the OECD Expert Meeting on Water Economics and Financing (15-17 March), OECD Conference Centre, Paris.


OECD Agriculture Ministerial Meeting (Paris, 25-26 February 2010). As part of this meeting, ministers of agriculture from OECD and emerging countries discussed how should agriculture face new challenges and opportunities related to climate change and water shortages.


Regional Meeting on Private Sector Participation in water and sanitation in EECCA – Recent Experience and the Way Forward. The main objective of the meeting was to attract the attention of key stakeholders, foremost EECCA policy-makers, to international “good practices” and tools that can help countries to assess and improve their legal and institutional frameworks for PSP in the water and sanitation sector, and to discuss the reforms that could help to improve the framework for PSP.


Joint Meeting of the EU Water Initiative's EECCA Working Group and the OECD EAP Task Force’s Group of Senior Officials for Water Sector Reform in EECCA. The Joint Meeting was held on 24-25 November 2009 in Bucharest, Romania with the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development hosting the event.


OECD Expert Meeting on Financing Water Management (Paris, 10-11 June 2009). This brainstorming meeting brought together a number of experts to discuss policy analysis needs in the area of financing water management. (See summary of the meeting).


World Water Forum (Istanbul, 21-26 March 2009). The OECD convened or co-convened nine session in the official programme of the fifth edition of the World Water Forum.


OECD Global Forum: Financing and Pricing Water: the roles of government policies, the private sector and civil society (Paris, 1-2 December 2008). This meeting discussed  the key policy conclusions and recommendations emerging from the OECD work on water in 2007 and 2008.


IMTA-OECD Expert Meeting for a beneficial private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector, lessons learnt from Latin American country experiences (Mexico). The joint IMTA/OECD expert meeting provided a third opportunity to discuss the elements of a beneficial private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector and the draft OECD Checklist for Public Action, building on the experience of Latin American countries.


ADB-OECD Expert Meeting for a beneficial private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector, lessons learnt from Asian country experiences (Manila, Philippines). The expert meeting aimed to advance the debate on private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector, by providing a forum for participants to help guide the ADB and OECD in their efforts to develop a better understanding of the key elements of a beneficial partnership. This joint ADB/OECD meeting supported the development of the OECD Checklist for Public Action building on the experience of Asian countries.


OECD Expert Meeting on Sustainable Financing for Affordable Water Services: From Theory to Practice. This meeting brought together water experts to provide guidance to the OECD on how to develop analytical work in the areas of water pricing and water services financing.


NEPAD-OECD Roundtable on Strengthening Investment Climate Assessment and Reform in NEPAD Countries (Lusaka, Zambia). The roundtable's overall aim was to develop policy capacity building tools to support implementation of investment climate reform policies in African countries, with a specific focus on the investment environment conditions conducive to attracting investment for development in the water and sanitation sector. It is the first of three regional consultations that supported the development of the OECD Checklist for Public Action.


OECD Global Forum: Public-Private Partnerships in Water Supply and Sanitation – Recent Trends and New Opportunities (Paris, 29-30 November 2006). This meeting brought together private operators and government representatives from the OECD and developing countries to discuss the current status of public-private partnerships in the water supply and sanitation sector and examine the possible policy measures that could enable the private sector to play a greater role in helping to achieve the water related MDGs.


OECD Global Forum: Financing Water and Environmental Infrastructure for All (Paris, 18-19 December 2003). This meeting discussed how to finance access to drinking water supply and sanitation services, including through the development of financing strategies, tapping local capital markets, and improving the management of public expenditures on water.

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