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United Nations World Water Development Report 2015. Water for a Sustainable World
  • United Nations World Water Development Report 2015. Water for a Sustainable World
  • United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). March 2015
  • The World Water Development Report gives an overall picture of the state of the world's freshwater resources and analyses pressures from decisions that drive demand for water and affect its availability. It offers tools and response options to help leaders in government, the private sector and civil society address current and future challenges and suggests ways in which institutions can be reformed. This 2015th edition illustrates the complex linkages between water and critical areas such as human health, food and energy security, urbanization, industrial gr...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Disasters, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Equity, Food security, Gender, Groundwater, Health, Hygiene, Industry, Information and data, Investments, Livelihoods, Post-2015 agenda, Poverty, Resilience, Sanitation, State of water resources, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water availability, Water conservation , Water demand, Water efficiency, Water governance, Water management, Water scarcity, Water supply

Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship
  • Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship
  • United Nations Global Compact. January 2015
  • This guidance provides companies with practical measures on how to bring a human rights lens to their existing corporate water stewardship practices. It aims to help companies translate their responsibility to respect the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (HRWS) into their existing water management policies, processes, and company cultures. It complements related efforts to clarify the obligations and responsibilities of other actors (particularly states and public or private water and sanitation service providers) with regard to the HRWS. The report is de...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Communication, Community participation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Human right to water and sanitation, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Public-private partnerships (PPP), Risk management, Sanitation, Water management

Economic Assessment of Sanitation Interventions in Southeast Asia. A Six-Country Study Conducted in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Vietnam and Yunnan Province (China). The Economics of Sanitation Initiative

Building Partnerships for Water Security
  • Building Partnerships for Water Security
  • . January 2015
  • This annual report delivers key insights about the 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) partner countries progress in the year 2013. It identifies focus areas where projects and programs will soon take shape to ensure a sustained change process. Through its work, the 2030 Water Resources Group is developing replicable models for public private- civil society engagement on water sustainability.
  • Main themes: Communication, Environment, Financing, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Public-private partnerships (PPP), Sustainable development, Water demand, Water governance, Water security, Water supply

Water Exemplar to the User Interface Platform of the Global Framework for Climate Services
  • Water Exemplar to the User Interface Platform of the Global Framework for Climate Services
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 2014
  • The purpose of the Water User Interface Platform (Water UIP) is to provide the necessary structure and processes to identify and respond to the needs of the water sector at all levels, in order to improve sector performance and management through the fuller use and understanding of climate information. This exemplar details the functioning of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach. This Water UIP plan outlines the general structure for partnerships and leadership, guiding needs, and opportunities to support and enhance climate informed deci...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Communication, Financing, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Monitoring, Risk management, Water management

Facilitating Trade through Competitive, Low-Carbon Transport: The Case for Vietnam's Inland and Coastal Waterways
  • Facilitating Trade through Competitive, Low-Carbon Transport: The Case for Vietnam's Inland and Coastal Waterways
  • World Bank. 2014
  • This report has three objectives. The first is to identify targeted policy and infrastructure interventions in inland waterway transport (IWT) and coastal shipping that can enhance the competitiveness and environmental sustainability characteristics of Vietnam's freight transport system. The second objective of the report is to estimate the economic benefits and costs associated with the interventions identified, and to use that information to produce a prioritized list of evaluated recommendations for implementation. Finally, the report seeks to info...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Coastal zones, Industry, Infrastructure, Investments, Pollution, Shipping, Sustainable development, Transport, Water policy

Planning for Climate Change: Guide. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • Planning for Climate Change: Guide. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This report was developed for city planners to better understand, assess and take action on climate change at the local level. Specifically targeted to the needs of planners and allied professionals in low and middle-income countries where the challenges of planning for climate change are particularly high. The guide's strategic, values based planning framework promotes a participatory planning process that integrates local participation and good decision-making. It provides practical tools for addressing climate change through different urban planning proces...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Behaviour change, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Energy, Financing, Floods, Mitigation, Monitoring, Participation, Resilience, Risk management, Sanitation, Urban areas, Vulnerability, Water planning, Water scarcity

Women, water and leadership
  • Women, water and leadership
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). December 2014
  • This brief synthesizes the key findings from a workshop jointly sponsored by the Asian Development Bank and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The workshop brought together 80 academics; researchers; industry practitioners; and members of the public and private sectors, civil society, and development organizations to study the current situation, discuss the gaps in women's leadership, and learn from good practices.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Community management, Gender, Participation, Practices and habits , Public policy

Understanding sufficiency in water-related collective action. Discussion paper
  • Understanding sufficiency in water-related collective action. Discussion paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. October 2014
  • This discussion paper explores how companies can go about conducting a water stewardship assessment and use it as the basis of their water-related collective action efforts. It selectively focuses on water stewardship action at the scale of local watersheds and aquifers, as pursued through collective action with the community of water users sharing those local water resources. Specifically, it introduces the concept of 'sufficiency' in managing water stress.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Community participation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Groundwater, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Water governance, Water scarcity, Water security, Watersheds

Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation. White paper
  • Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation. White paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. September 2014
  • This white paper explores why action on sanitation is a moral imperative for companies around the world, and why there is also a good business case for making it so. It discusses the business risks resulting from a lack of sanitation, and the business opportunities and benefits offered by sanitation interventions. The paper focuses on unpacking the business drivers for action on sanitation as well as on presenting a framework for how companies can support sanitation objectives.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Corporate Social Responsibility, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Education, Health, Hygiene, Open defecation, Risk management, Sanitation, Water supply

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Published in 2015