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.

What's new

Working Paper: Financing water security for sustainable growth in Asia and the Pacific l 26 March

Event: OECD Water Days 2021: Virtual events on the occasion of World Water Day l 22-26 March

Report: Toolkit for Water Policies and Governance - Converging Towards the OECD Council Recommendation on Water l 22 March

OECD Blogs on the occasion of World Water Day l 22 March:

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

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

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


Explore the policy areas below to access the latest OECD work in each area:

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