Biodiversity, water and natural resource management

Recommendation, brochures and speeches on water


OECD work On Water  

This brochure presents OECD work underway on water, which supports governments and stakeholders with new approaches to water management, investment planning and financing that ensure our societies, our economies and our environment are robust and resilient to water‑related risks, now and in the future.

Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General

24 January 2019 - “What will a changing ocean mean to us, our jobs and markets?”, World Economic Forum, Davos

Putting water at the centre of the global agenda - full speech

Angel Gurría provided his perspective on the crucial need to deliver on present and future water challenges around the world and advocated for water as a driver of sustainable growth and development, Council on Foreign Relations, New York.

Speech Angel Gurría Putting water at the centre of the global agenda

OECD COUNCIL Recommendation on water

Recommendation of the OECD Council on Water - cover‌The OECD Council Recommendation on Water captures the main messages that derive from that work. It builds on a 2-year consultation process with OECD member countries, and stakeholders, in particular members of the OECD Water Governance Initiative. It provides a unique source of policy guidance that help address the pressing issues that central and subnational authorities need to respond to.

The OECD has been providing policy guidance on water to OECD members and non-OECD member countries since the early 1970s, covering a wide range of issues including water quantity and quality management, the management of water-related risks, governance, and pricing and financing water services and infrastructure and more.

The Recommendation is available in the following languagues: English  |  Français  |  Português  |  Espagñol



Water Governance Principles - English

The OECD Water Governance Principles provide the 12 must-do for governments to design and implement effective, efficient, and inclusive water policies in a shared responsibility with the broader range of stakeholders. They were developed using a multi-stakeholder approach within the OECD Water Governance Initiative, and backed by Ministers at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting on 4 June 2015.

Since their adoption, the Principles have been endorsed by 42 countries and 140+ major stakeholder groups. The first 65 signatures from public, private and non-profit organisations were gathered at the 7th World Water Forum in April 2015 in Korea through the Daegu Declaration.

Work is underway to identify and scale-up local, basin and national best practices for each Principle, and to develop water governance indicators to assess the state of play of water governance in interested countries, basins and cities. Results will be published in an OECD Water Governance at a Glance report in 2018.

OECD Principles on Water Governance - cover

Securing Water, Sustaining Growth

This report was prepared as part of the GWP/OECD Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth. 

The objective of the report is to promote sustainable growth and well-being, by providing empirical evidence to guide investment in water security. It seeks to: analyse the dynamics of water security and growth; quantify water-related risks and opportunities and their trajectories; and assess the experience of past pathways of investment toward water security.

Securing Water, Sustaining-Growth


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