Water Security

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    The World Water Council aims at raising Water Security on the political agenda while supporting the implementation of various SDG targets and appropriate solutions for adaptive and sustainable infrastructure.

    Water security depends fundamentally on local contexts, meaning that broad prescriptions are of little use. However, policymakers can learn from one another about what has worked in similar contexts: specific formal and informal institutions, policies, legal frameworks, and management strategies that have strengthened water security. It has proven more effective to integrate approaches and bring together different users around the specific needs of a geographic area, rather than to try and bring varied local situations under the umbrella of a single approach.

    The World Water Council understands Water Security as referring to “the availability of an adequate quantity and quality of water to sustain socio-economic development, livelihoods, health, and ecosystems.” Water Security rose high on the political agenda during the 8th World Water Forum with the book published by the World Water Council and the Government of China on Global Water Security. The subject will also feature prominently during the Forum of Dakar as one of the four main priorities and as part of the overarching theme “Water Security for Peace and Development.” 

    Strategic actions

    • Seek to promote the messages developed within the Global Water Security publication. 
    • Continue to study the policy implications of water security around the globe, including for peace, and design actions in cooperation with governments to promote water security, in particular those aligning with SDG Targets 6.1, 6.4, and 6.6, in particular towards the preparation of the 9th World Water Forum. 
    • Develop messaging about the interconnections of water-food-energy-health-education, with attention to gender aspects, highlighting water as a prerequisite for the achievement of SDGs 2, 7, 3, 4, and 5.