We are proud to introduce the third report of our Water monographies series , Water & Sustainable Development presented on the occasion of the UN's Conference of the Parties which took place in Paris during the first weeks of December. This initiative is published in collaboration with UN-Water and AQUAE Foundation and is published in English and Spanish.
Ministers from OECD’s 34 member countries welcomed the OECD Principles on Water Governance, which set standards for moreeffective, efficient and inclusive design and implementation of water policies, and encouraged governments to put them into action.
The 12 Water Governance Principles provide a framework for governments to put in place better water policies and they will be used to develop a broader OECD perspective on water management over the coming years.
The Principles were developed using a multi-stakeholder approach and were endorsed by a large number of public, private and non-profit organisations at the 7th World Water Forum in April in Korea through the Daegu Declaration.
Next steps will include identifying and scaling up best practices and developing water governance indicators to support the implementation of the Principles.
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The World Council of Civil Engineers, the United Nations Office in Spain and Aqualogy Foundation signed an agreement to publish a series of monographs under the topics chosen annually to commemorate the "International Year of Water" declared by the UN in the 2013-2015 triennium.
The initiative has been welcomed by several stakeholders including UN agencies which have presented their views on water related topics. Views expressed were non unanimous and even opposite, but have enriched the reader expressing pros and cons of each approach, being respectful with the other.
The monograph discusses, inter alia: the importance of water cooperation; regional and global cooperation; challenges for water, energy and waste cooperation; the human right to water and sanitation for all without discrimination and the need to address cooperation issues on a regular basis.
The monograph discusses, inter alia: the importance of the Water Energy Nexus; cross-border policy responses in the Water Energy Nexus, the role of UNIDO, knowledge challenges for addressing integrated water and energy policies and challenges, solutions and UN initiatives on the topic.
The monograph discusses, inter alia: the importance of the Water management in Sustainable Development, Risk Assesment for Water Systems for a Sutainable development of the Communities, Sustainable initiatives on the Water sector: the Water for Life Awards.
The ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award is now accepting nominations for its 5th edition. The application period is open between 4 July and 15 September 2014. The theme is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’, which mirrors that of World Water Day 2015.
The ‘Water for Life’ Best Practices Award aims to acknowledge and promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and related issues by 2015, by recognizing outstanding best practices that can ensure sustainable long-term management of water resources and help achieve the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
Editor: Prof Dr Tobias Bleninger , Federal University of Paraná, Brazil