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Thematic Process T.4.2.5

Principles on Water Governance: from Vision to Action

· Coordinator :
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD)

The context for freshwater management has radically changed in the last two decades. Increasing competing demand, driven by economic, demographic, climate and regional development trends force governments to do better, for more people, with less money. The 6th World Water Forum (Marseille, 2012) acknowledged “effective governance” as a critical condition for success to meeting the water reform challenge worldwide. The 7th World Water Forum (Daegu-Gyeongju, Korea 2015) calls upon concrete implementation tools and guidance to make this happen.

The OECD strongly believes that robust evidence-based analysis, knowledge sharing and international best practice can help define sustainable pathways to reap the economic, social and environmental benefit of good water governance. During the 6th World Water Forum, the OECD committed to set up a network on water governance that would foster continuity between two World Water Fora and produce robust policy guidance in support of decision-making.

One year later, the OECD Water Governance Initiative was launched as a multi-stakeholder bi-annual Policy Forum aiming to advise governments and contribute to the Global Water Agenda. After two years of activities, following a bottom-up and inclusive consultation process, the Water Governance Initiative has produced a set of Principles on Water Governance to be endorsed at the OECD’s Ministerial Council Meeting on 2-3 June 2015.

These Principles on Water Governance provide the framework of 12 “must have” for clear, outcome-oriented and tangible water policies to happen on the ground, while accommodating the diversity of situations and arrangements within and across countries. The Principles acknowledge that one size does not fit all and that governance is very much place-based and context-dependent. They seek to contribute to effective, efficient and inclusive design and implementation of water policies across levels of government in OECD and non-OECD countries.
The session will provide a platform for multi-stakeholder experience-sharing on the building blocks of good governance covered in the 12 Principles. Participants will be invited to echo how such Principles translate in their day-to-day management and activities and which concrete commitments can help support their implementation on the ground. The session will be composed of a high-level kick-off panel under the auspices of OECD’s Secretary General, and followed by lively debates and discussions with the audience during roundtables around each of the 12 Principles.

Keywords :
Africa, America, Arab, Asia-Pacific, Civil Society, Data & Information, Decision-making(Decision-maker), Diversity, Equity, Europe, EWI, Finance, Gender & Women, Governance, Implementation, IWRM, Management, Partnership & Cooperation, Risilience, Sustainability, Water Law & Policy, Water Quality, Water Security, Water Supply, Youth

Session Data

· Date :
April 13, 2015 (월)
· Time :
11:20-13:20
· Venue :
DEC_303
DAEGU - EXCO
3F Room 306
· Session Code :
T.4.2.5
· Language :
English
Korean