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Water at Center Stage?

March 22, 2009, 10:50 am
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Reporting (Put water centre stage, says UN report) on SciDev.Net 12 March 2009, Naomi Antony writes

Unless water occupies a more central role in decisions regarding crises such as climate change and food security, a global water shortage could ensue — leading to political conflict and insecurity, says a new report.

It summons leaders in government, the private sector and civil society to put water at the heart of their thinking, stressing water's essential role in achieving sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals.

The report, 'Water in a Changing World', is an assessment of global freshwater resources prepared by the World Water Assessment Programme under the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).


This Third edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR-3) is currently under preparation and will be presented at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on March 16, 2009. The development of the WWDR, coordinated by WWAP, is a joint effort of the 26 UN agencies and entities which make up UN-Water, working in partnership with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

For more information on the background of the Report and the two previous editions, please see the World Water Development Report page.

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