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OECD Principles on Water Governance

 

THE WATER CRISIS IS MAINLY A GOVERNANCE CRISIS

Water demand will increase 55% by 2050 due to growing demand from manufacturing, thermal electricity generation and domestic use. Managing and securing access to water for all is not only a question of money, but equally a matter of good governance.

 

THE OECD WATER GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES

The OECD Water Governance Principles provide the 12 must-do for governments to design and implement effective, efficient, and inclusive water policies. To date, they have been endorsed by 170+ stakeholder groups or governments:

  • 35 OECD Member Countries
  • 7 Non-Member Countries 
  • 140 Stakeholder Groups

A GLOBAL NETWORK ON WATER GOVERNANCE

The implementation of the OECD Principles on Water Governance is supported by a global network:

PLEDGE ON WATER GOVERNANCE

On 21 March 2018, the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría was handed the Brasilia Multi-stakeholder Pledge to Implement the OECD Principles on Water Governance at the 8th World Water Forum. The Pledge emphasises the urgent need  to implement improved water governance.  

 

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IMPLEMENTING THE OECD PRINCIPLES ON WATER GOVERNANCE

Publication

Three years after the adoption of the Principles, this report takes stock of their use and dissemination.

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Indicator Framework

The framework supports multi-stakeholder dialogue and self-assessment of the Principles. 

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Evolving practices

Our set of evolving practices provides examples and lessons on the Principles across five continents.

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TAKING STOCK OF THE USE AND DISSEMINATION OF THE PRINCIPLES

A survey carried out between 15 and 24 January 2018 collected inputs on:

  1. the use of the OECD Principles on Water Governance, in particular on how they guide and inform activities and practices;
  2. to what extent and how the OECD Principles on Water Governance have been disseminated;
  3. perceived needs for improving the uptake and dissemination of the OECD principles on Water Governance.

The survey targeted the members of the OECD Water Governance Initiative and the broader Global Coalition for Good Water Governance.

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