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.

    Financing Water

    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.

    Link to Water Financing webpage

    Water Security

    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.

    Link to Water Security webpage

    Global Changes

    The Global Changes program is a response to  large-scale forces reshaping the world of water and affecting water resources globally.

    Link to Global Changes webpage

    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.

    Link to Water and climate change webpage

    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.

    Link to IWRM and Transversality webpage

    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.

    Link to Involving key political actors webpage

    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.

    Link to Cities at the heart of growth webpage

    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.

    Link to Integrating the World Water Forums webpage