Global Commission on the Economics of Water


The Global Commission on the Economics of Water - initiated by the Dutch Government - aims to:

  • Shift the conceptual framework on the economics of water to go beyond traditional economic thinking and economics.
  • Test new grounds for policy, business approaches and global collaboration to tackle the combined crisis of water, sustainability, and food and energy security.

The OECD supports the work of the Global Commission, through coordination of the various work streams.

Press Release

The Global Commission in practice

The Global Commission embodies a collegial approach that combines thought-leadership, policy entrepreneurship and a capacity to engage society and make change happen. It is chaired by four Co-Chairs, who lead and set the direction for the work and its three pillars:

1. Analytics undertaken by three lead experts who engage with a network of researchers and contributing authors across themes and institutions.

2. Societal dialogues designed to ensure adequate representation of regional characteristics and engage with a wide range of stakeholders (including social groups, labour unions, corporates) to ensure meaningful participation.

3. An action agenda derived from the process and the engagement with people in institutions who can ignite change.

Key outputs

The Global Commission will deliver the following outputs under its two-year mandate:

  • A 10-page Executive Summary and a 30-page Summary for Policy Makers
  • An action agenda and commitments from relevant actors
  • A 100-page Synthesis Report – the Water Review
  • Component reports and other by-products

The UN Water Conference in March 2023 will be a key milestone.


  • For more information, please contact Xavier Leflaive of the OECD Environment Directorate.


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