Regional development

OECD Water Governance Initiative


27-28 March 2013

Objectives of the OECD Water Governance Initiative

  • Create a multi-stakeholder network to advance on the global water governance agenda;
  • Support the implementation of the governance targets designed in Marseille up to the 7th WWF in Korea;
  • Create an International Observatory on water governance to collect innovative tools and success stories;
  • Set up a Web Portal to link existing water governance platforms, tools, methodologies and programmes worldwide;
  • Provide a Policy Forum across public, private and non-for-profit actors


Scoping note of the OECD Water Governance Initiative


First Meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative

27-28 March 2013
OECD Headquarters, Paris


Building on the water governance work for the 6th World Water Forum (12-17 March 2012), the OECD Initiative on Water Governance will meet for the first time at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris to provide for a multi-stakeholder network and policy forum to share ongoing reforms and good practices and ensure continued political momentum towards achieving the water governance targets agreed in Marseille up to the 7th WWF in Korea.
At this first meeting, participants will:

  • Agree on the scope, mandate and activities of the Initiative;
  • Take stock of the progress since the 6th WWF;
  • Exchange views on “The Governance Challenges for Water Policies in Future Cities”;
  • Discuss strategic and operational organisation of the Network.

Other Recent Events

Official Launch of the report – Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico

8 January 2013
Mexico City, Mexico

The OECD report Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico was launched on 8 January 2013 by OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, Mexico’s Minister for the Environment, Juan Jose Guerra Abud and the Director General of the National Water Commission, David Korenfeld.

In his speech, the Secretary-General highlighted that  “Mexico can no longer afford the luxury of business as usual”. According to OECD, the 2030 Water Agenda has generated a new momentum for change — an incentive to design and implement effective, integrated, and sustainable water policies. But its implementation must include aligning and prioritising federal and river basin policies to increase both the productivity and cost-efficiency of water policies and ensure that water and agricultural policies are mutually reinforcing. Click here to download the press release.

The event gathered around 300 participants from the Ministry of Environment, the National Water Commission, donors and development banks in Mexico, academics, NGOS, parliamentarians and local /regional government representatives (click here for the press review).


The 6th World Water Forum

12-17 March 2012,

Marseille, France

Key messages and outcomes

WWF governance sessions brochure

Click on the image to read the report

This report was prepared with the contribution of the members of the “Good Governance” Core Group and summarizes key messages and outcomes from the Good Governance discussions in Marseille. It provides brief overviews of each sessions as well as recommendations and commitments formulated during the Closing session to support the implementation of the agreed targets up to the 7th World Water Forum, to be held in 2015 in Korea.





OECD Contribution to the 6th World Water Forum


Water Page 5 Click on the image to read the report

The International Forum Committee mandated OECD with coordinating the thematic work of the Good Governance Core Group, which involved leading all the substantive discussions on water governance in preparation to the WWF and organising all the related governance sessions at the Forum.

In 2011-2012, six taskforces (around 400 contributors) have been working 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 prior to Marseille and available at: Good Governance Synthesis Report



Water Page 6 - WWF Session notesClick on the image to read the report


Opening Remarks

by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, delivered at the 6th World Water Forum for the Multi-stakeholders Panel

Good Governance and Sustainable Financing: A strong nexus to address

For more information please see "OECD participation in the 6th World Water Forum, 12-17 March 2012, Marseilles"


Preparatory Meeting - Improving water governance: Towards a community of leaders

26 October 2011
OECD Headquarters, Paris, France

The objective of the meeting was to create and consolidate a community of leaders for and beyond the 6th World Water Forum (WWF), held in Marseilles last March 2012. The meeting helped create a platform of key stakeholders in water governance to agree upon key messages/recommendations to be disseminated in Marseille, and engage in the   implementation of good governance targets designed as part of the 6th WWF preparatory process, within the CS1 Good Governance Group led and coordinated by OECD. 


  Meeting documents

Contact us

For further information please contact Aziza Akhmouch:

Phone: +(33-1) 45 24 79 30


Related Documents


OECD Programme on Water Governance


Countries list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao (China)
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Administered Areas
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Serbia and Montenegro (pre-June 2006)
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands (UK)
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe