The Sustainable Development Goals highlight the importance that the global community places on water and there is increasing demand for innovative and effective approaches to water management. With widespread competing demands on water, maintaining environmental sustainability and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable members of society must both be addressed. The OECD provides policy guidance on water to OECD members and non-OECD countries, covering a wide range of issues.

The established Roundtable on Financing Water aims to accelerate action to scale-up financing for water investment which contributes to sustainable growth.

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Event: Seventh meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Agricultural Water, Virtual meeting l 27-28 January 2021

Event: Sixth meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Water l 7-8 December 2020

Speech by OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría: “Water, DRR and Economics under COVID-19” l 20 August 2020

Working Paper: Addressing the social consequences of tariffs for water supply and sanitation l 30 June 2020

Report: Financing Water Supply, Sanitation and Flood Protection- Challenges in EU Member States and Policy Options l 27 May 2020


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