The World Water Council works on a number of areas that harness the expertise and experience of our members. We seek to increase the visibility, impact, and influence of these issues among key stakeholders to advance the course of the critical water-related challenges of our times.
2019 marked the start of a new triennial strategy and streamlined a new set of programs. The World Water Council’s Task Forces, and its wider membership, have gone into action focusing on Water Security, Water Financing, Global Changes, and IWRM and Transversality.
In addition to the World Water Council's main initiatives, members are also encouraged to propose work on new and emerging issues.
The financing world is no longer lacking in innovation for the water sector. In recent years, the challenge of financing water infrastructure has been met with new thinking around blended finance and hybridity.
The concept of water security captures a broad concept: the availability of an adequate quantity and quality of water to sustain socioeconomic development, livelihoods, health and ecosystems, everywhere. In other words, water security is fundamental to development. Given its central importance, it is also a priority in the Council’s strategy.
The Global Changes program is a response to large-scale forces reshaping the world of water and affecting water resources globally.
Water and climate change
With key partners in the sector, the Council focuses on elevating the role of water in adapting to climate change and increasing resilience at all levels.
IWRM and Transversality
Governance is perhaps the most important factor for a world seeking to overcome a host of interconnected water threats and changes. In recognition of this, the Council is refining concepts around integrated water resource management (IWRM) and water governance as a resource connecting every domain of sustainable development.
Involving key political actors
To strengthen and deepen political engagement, the Council works with governments, parliamentarians and partners to increase the visibility of water on the agenda of key multilateral political forums.
Cities at the heart of growth
The Council works to enhance water security in cities by helping local and regional authorities to prioritize the role of water for sustainable urban development and planning.
Integrating the World Water Forums
The Council tracks since the 7th World Water Forum its Implementation Roadmaps, as key vehicles to monitor publicly committed actions made in World Water Fora.