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ESCWA Water Development Report 5. Issues in sustainable water resources management and water services in the Arab region

ESCWA Water Development Report 5. Issues in sustainable water resources management and water services in the Arab region
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA). December 2013
  • This report aims to highlight the current regional developments in the area of water supply and sanitation with a focus on the new inter-governmental mechanism for monitoring water supply and sanitation services in the Arab region. The publication also seeks to review the processes and progress related to regional follow-up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and regional preparations for the post-2015 development agenda within the water sector and address global and regional perspectives on securing access to drinking water and sanitation as a fundamental human right. Chapter 1 highlights the extent to which water resources management and water and sanitation services are incorporated within MDGs. A brief review of the history of the global monitoring system for the water and sanitation MDG target along with the mission of JMP are also presented. Finally, data sources and the estimation method of JMP indicators are examined, with a focus on the sources and availability of data in the Arab region. Chapter 2 presents the overall progress that has been achieved by Arab countries towards the water and sanitation MDG target. Chapter 3 introduces the MDG Initiative and specificities of the Arab region with regard to its environmental conditions, water scarcity, water pollution and climate change. Chapter 4 introduces main challenges for governments when pursuing universal service provision and ensuring rights to those services for all within the context of a human rights-based approach to development. Chapter 5 seeks to review the positions of the main actors playing a role in defining the post-2015 global water agenda. Chapter 6 presents main conclusions from the report.
  • Main themes: Arid zones, Drinking water, Human right to water and sanitation, Hygiene, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Post-2015 agenda, Sanitation, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Water management, Water policy, Water scarcity, Water services, Water supply
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Governments, International community, International organizations, Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Awareness raising
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Case studies, Indicators, Recommendations
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Published in 2015