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Water in the post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals. Discussion paper
  • Water in the post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals. Discussion paper
  • UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). 2014
  • The objective of this discussion paper was to provide background for discussions of the UNESCO-IHP Side-Event on "Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals" during the 21th session of the Intergovernmental Council of IHP (18-20 June 2014, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France). The paper looks at 5 integral points, the first gives the basis of the discussion background: defining the post-2015 development agenda; followed by Water: A key for Sustainable Development which discusses water in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Post-2015 agenda, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

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

Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology. Discussion paper
  • Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology. Discussion paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. September 2014
  • This discussion paper seeks to assert common definitions for water-related terminology. The paper summarizes key outcomes from a dialogue process through which participant organizations sought to work toward a mutual understanding on key questions such as: (1) Do "scarcity", "stress", and "risk" refer to three distinct, useful concepts in the context of corporate water stewardship?; (2) What specifically is meant by each term? How do organizations conceive of them differently?; (3) How do these terms relate to one another?; (4) How can these terms be used in ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Corporate Social Responsibility, Risk management, Water scarcity

Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability
  • Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations University (UNU), UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). August 2014
  • This report brings together outputs from the UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2014, summarising contributions from different UN agencies and programmes, more than 120 experts, representatives of international companies in the water and energy sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations. An introduction provides insight into the interlinkages between water and energy and the prospects for a sustainable future. The report then examines the future of the water-energy nexus and partnership under 6 key headings: The UN and the Water-Energy Nexus; Water and...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Energy, Industry, Participation, Sustainable development, Water efficiency, Water policy

How to assess agricultural water productivity? Looking for water in the agricultural productivity and efficiency literature
  • How to assess agricultural water productivity? Looking for water in the agricultural productivity and efficiency literature
  • World Bank Water Partnership Program (WPP). July 2014
  • This report aims to contribute to the discussion on how to assess and possibly improve agricultural water productivity. It presents findings from a first attempt to survey the agricultural productivity and efficiency literature with regard to the explicit inclusion of water aspects in productivity and efficiency measurements. The focus is on studies applying single-factor productivity measures, total factor productivity indices, frontier models, and deductive models that incorporate water.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Irrigation, River Basin Management, Water efficiency

Shared Water Challenges and Interests: The Case for Private Sector Engagement in Water Policy and Management
  • Shared Water Challenges and Interests: The Case for Private Sector Engagement in Water Policy and Management
  • United Nations Global Compact. June 2014
  • The focus of this discussion paper are those companies that engage externally to address water risks through a variety of means (often as a collective action with NGOs, government agencies, other businesses, etc). This paper acknowledges the real threat of corporate policy capture and "greenwashing," as well as the inherent asymmetries in conceptions and realities of water risk. However, the paper argues that current conditions actually offer a much greater incentive for companies to align their water-related policies and practices with the public interest th...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Conflicts, Development cooperation, Participation, Risk management, Sustainable development, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water management, Water policy, Watersheds

(The) Water-Food-Energy Nexus at FAO
  • (The) Water-Food-Energy Nexus at FAO
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). May 2014
  • This concept note is an analysis of the water-food-energy nexus starting with an explanation of what each focus area represents and how the complex interactions between all three can be managed. It asks "What is the added value of a nexus approach?" Followed by an exploration of the sustainability debate and the working areas of the water-food-energy nexus, through the following sub headings: A cross-sectoral and dynamic perspective; Is the concept of the Water-Food-Energy nexus just "some old wine in new bottles" or does it bring something new to the table? ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Energy, Food security, Participation, Scenarios, Sustainable development, Water management

Pacific and Caribbean Conference on Effective and Sustainable Regulation of Energy and Water Services. Conference materials
  • Pacific and Caribbean Conference on Effective and Sustainable Regulation of Energy and Water Services. Conference materials
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). March 2014
  • This report includes the concept paper and presentations given during the Pacific and Caribbean Conference on Effective and Sustainable Regulation of Power and Water Services in Nadi, Fiji, on 25-27 March 2014. The conference promoted South-South cooperation on effective and sustainable regulation of electricity and water utility services in small island countries in the Caribbean and the Pacific. The concept paper looks at how Pacific islanders need access to adequate, safe water for domestic and commercial uses, such as drinking, sanitation, commercial deve...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Energy, Sanitation, Small islands, State of water resources, Sustainable development, Water cooperation, Water services, Water supply

Building resilience. Integrating Climate and Disaster Risk into Development. The World Bank Group Experience
  • Building resilience. Integrating Climate and Disaster Risk into Development. The World Bank Group Experience
  • World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). November 2013
  • This report shows why building climate resilience is critical to ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity. The report opens international discussions related to understanding loss and damage from climate change and calls for the international development community to work across disciplines and sectors to build long-term resilience, reduce risk and avoid climbing future costs. It emphasizes the necessity of building and empowering institutions for the sustained effort needed for making development climate and disaster resilient and by highlightin...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Poverty reduction, Resilience, Risk management

Poverty and Water Security: Understanding How Water Affects the Poor
  • Poverty and Water Security: Understanding How Water Affects the Poor
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). January 2004
  • This paper aims to stimulate debate on and promote a better understanding of the importance of water security in the lives of the world's poor. The goal is to set out a basic conceptual framework to help explain the relationship between poverty and water security. The paper primarily targets the international water community: water resources experts and policy makers who are part of the ongoing debate on how to sustain and improve our management of water resources and the delivery of the different services these resources provide.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Livelihoods, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty, Poverty reduction, Water governance, Water security

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Published in 2015