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Water Resources: Government Information: Library Guide: International

This guide directs you to government sources on water resources from international to local level.

International governmental organisations

AQUASTAT

"AQUASTAT is FAO's global information system on water and agriculture, developed by the Land and Water Division. The main mandate of the programme is to collect, analyze and disseminate information on water resources, water uses, and agricultural water management with an emphasis on countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean."

FAO Land & Water

The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW): Managing systems at risk (2011)

Global Water Partnership (GWP)

"GWP was founded in 1996 by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to foster integrated water resource management (IWRM)."

Global Water Solidarity

"Global Water Solidarity is a coalition of local, regional and national governments, public and private institutions and civil society organizations from Europe, Asia and Africa. Its members are working together to develop, replicate and scale up decentralized solidarity mechanisms (DSMs) and to support existing DSMs at national and regional levels."

Groundwater Governance : a Global Framework for Action

"Groundwater Governance - A Global Framework for Action (2011-2015) is a joint project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), jointly with UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), the International Association of Hydrologists (IAH) and the World Bank."  

High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) "United Nations Secretary-General and President of the World Bank Group convened a High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), consisting of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, to provide the leadership required to champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services.  The core focus of the Panel is the commitment to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, as well as to contribute to the achievement of the other SDGs that rely on the development and management of water resources. "

International Decade for Action: Water for Life, 2005-2015

"... in December 2003, the United Nations General Assembly, in resolution A/RES/58/217, proclaimed the period 2005-2015 International Decade for Action 'Water for Life'. The decade officially started on World Water Day, March 22, 2005."

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Publications: Water Policy

"seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)"

International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC).

IGRAC is UNESCO Global Groundwater Centre, it also works under the auspices of WMO, it is a corporate IAH partner and it is financially supported by the Government of the Netherlands. “

International Hydrological Programme (IHP). "intergovernmental programme of the UN system devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building." 

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

" a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. It is headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. IWMI is a member of CGIAR, an international consortium of agricultural research centers."

OECD Water

"The OECD provides policy guidance on water to OECD members and non-OECD countries, covering a wide range of issues." Reports are accessible through the OECDiLibrary subscription. 

UN-Water

"UN-Water strengthens coordination and coherence among UN entities dealing with issues related to all aspects of freshwater and sanitation. This includes surface and groundwater resources, the interface between freshwater and seawater and water-related disasters."

UNDP Water and Ocean Governance

UNEP-DHI Center for Water and Environment

An United Nations Environment programme "centre of expertise." "dedicated to improving the management of freshwater resources from the local to the global level."

Water Governance Facility (WGF)

"The UNDP Water Governance Facility (WGF) at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is an initiative that was launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Sida). The programme is a mechanism to implement parts of the UNDP Water Governance Programme."

The World Bank. Water

"The World Bank is one of the few institutions provides integrated support nationally and regionally across the macroeconomic, financial, technical, social and environmental dimensions. It does this through by helping countries create sound water management practices that focus on getting the right policies in place, building the capacity of governments, technical assistance and analytic work."

World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)

"Hosted and led by UNESCO, the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) coordinates the work of 28 UN-Water members and partners in the World Water Development Report (WWDR)."

 

 

Some key publications

United Nations. The World Water Development Report (WWDR)

UN-Water. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2017: Wastewater: the Untapped Resource. Paris : UNESCO, 2017.

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2016: Water and Jobs. Paris : UNESCO, 2016

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme. The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015: Water for a Sustainable World. Paris: UNESCO, 2015

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme. 2014. United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2014): water and energy

G 494 E.UNWA.12.UNIT

United Nations world water development report. --    Paris : UNESCO, 2012.

3 v. : col. ill., maps ; 30 cm. ( United Nations world water development report ; 4 )

G 494 E.UNWA.09.WATE           GZCD 494 E.UNWA.09.WATE

Water in a changing world / World Water Assessment Programme. --    Paris : UNESCO Pub. ;   London : Earthscan, c2009. xxvi, 318 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 30 cm. + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.) ( The United Nations world water development report ; 3 )

G 494 E.UNWA.09.FACE

Facing the challenges : case studies volume / World Water Assessment Programme. --    Paris : UNESCO ;   London : Earthscan, c2009. x, 75 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 30 cm. ( United Nations world water development report ; 3 )

G 494 E.UNWA.06.WATE               GZCD 494 E.UNWA.06.WATE

Water, a shared responsibility : the United Nations world water development report 2. --    Paris, France : United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ;   New York : Berghahn Books, 2006. 584 p. : col. ill., col. maps, col. photos. ; 26 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)

G 494 E.UNDP.06.HUMA   

Human development report 2006 : beyond scarcity : power, poverty and the global water crisis / edited by United Nations Development Program. --    Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. xvi, 422 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.

G 494 E.UNWA.03.WATE

Water for people, water for life : the United Nations world water development report / [publ. jointly by the United Nations Educational , Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and Berghahn Books]. --    New York, NY : Unesco Publishing ;   [S.l.] : Berghahn Books, cop. 2003. xxiii, 576 p. : ill ; 28 cm.

G 494 E.UNEP.02.VITA            GZCD 494 E.UNEP.02.VITA

Vital water graphics : an overview of the state of the world's fresh and marine waters / [text, Salif Diop, Patrick M'mayi, Dennis Lisbjerg ; editor, Ralph Johnstone]. --    Nairobi, Kenya : United Nations Environment Programme, c2002. 43, [3] p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 32 cm. + 40 col. transparencies + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Legislation

FAO. Water Treaties

"International agreements on international water sources."

FAO. Waterlex

"WATERLEX carries the analyses of the legal framework governing water resources in selected countries." Searchable database.

International Water Law Project (IWLP)

G 494 E.UNEP.02.ATLA   Atlas of international freshwater agreements.    Nairobi, Kenya :   UNEP,   c2002.

United Nations. Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses, 1997

The Helsinki Rules on the Uses of the Waters of International Rivers, 1966

River Basins

Projects

Groundwater Governance - A Global Framework for Action (2011-2015)

"Groundwater Governance - A Global Framework for Action (2011-2015) is a joint project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), jointly with UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), the International Association of Hydrologists (IAH) and the World Bank."

Green economy

UN Water. Water and the Green Economy

Ardakanian, Reza, Dirk Jaeger. Water and the green economy : capacity development aspects. Bonn, Germany : UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), 2012.

UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). Water and the Green Economy ReaderZaragoza, Spain : UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)

United Nations Environment ProgrammeTowards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication. Water ChapterNairobi, Kenya : United Nations Environment Programme, 2011.

United Nations Environment ProgrammeWater In the Transition to a Green Economy : a UNEP Brief. Nairobi, Kenya : United Nations Environment Programme.

United Nations Environment Programme. International Resource Panel Working Group on Water Efficiency. Measuring water use in a green economy. Nairobi, Kenya : United Nations Environment Programme, 2012. 

 

Accounts & Statistics

International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS)

System of Environmental Accounting for Water (SEEA-Water)

G 494 E.UNDE.12.SYST
   System of environmental-economic accounting for water / Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division. --    New York : United Nations, 2012.
   xiii, 197 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.

UN-Water Key Water Indicator Portal

UN-Water Statistics

UNESCO. Green accounting and data improvement for water resources (2012)

United Nations Statistics Division. Report on the global assessment of water statistics and water accounts (2009)

United Nations Statistics Division. Water Accounts

UNSD Environmental Indicators

G 494 E.UNEP.11.WATE
   Water footprint and corporate water accounting for resource efficiency / UNEP ; in collaboration with the CEO Water Mandate ... [et al.]. --    [Paris?] : United Nations Environment Programme, 2011.
   180 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 30 cm.

World Bank. Environmental Data & Statistics in the World Bank

Water and sanitation

UN-Water global annual assessment of sanitation and drinking-water (GLAAS)

G 436 K.OFID

Wijesekera, Sanjay, interviwed by Audrey Haylins. Water, sanitation and hygiene: the key to health populations. In: OFID quarterly, January 2013, p. 14-17.

UNESCO. International Hydrological Programme

"The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is the only intergovernmental programme of the UN system devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building."

Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

"The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership and membership organisation that works to save lives and improve livelihoods. It does so by enhancing collaboration among sector agencies and professionals who are working to improve access for the 2.6 billion people without safe sanitation and the 0.9 billion people without clean drinking water. ... Its institutional home is the United Nations under UNOPS (UN Office for Project Services)."

Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)

"The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) is a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank to support poor people in obtaining affordable, safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation services.

 We work directly with client governments at the local and national level in 25 countries through regional offices in Africa, East and South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in, Washington D.C. "

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation

"The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation is the official United Nations mechanism tasked with monitoring progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) relating to drinking-water and sanitation (MDG 7, Target 7c), which is to: "Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation"."

United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)

"The UNSG's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) is an independent body established in March 2004 by United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, to give him advice as well as to galvanize action on water and sanitation issues."

UN Documentation Centre on Water and Sanitation (UNDCWS)

"Developed by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) with the support of the Municipality of Zaragoza, Spain, the UN Documentation Centre on Water and Sanitation (UNDCWS) acts as a clearinghouse on water and sanitation-related information materials produced by the United Nations system (programmes, agencies, etc.)."

UNHABITAT. Water and Sanitation Programme

"The highest priority for UN-HABITAT's Water and Sanitation programme is improving access to safe water and helping provide adequate sanitation to millions of low-income urban dwellers and measuring that impact."

ACP-EU Water Facility

"The ACP-EU Water Facility was set up in 2004, with the principal objective of providing water and basic sanitation to the poor, and to improve water management governance in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries."

Food security

Sadik, Abdul-Karim, Food security under conditions of water scarcity. OFID quarterly, January 2013, pages 10-13. G 436 K.OFID