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Name World Water Council
Logo Image:WWCLogo.gif
Geographic Scope Global
Subject Focus Expertise Water issues
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URL http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/
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The World Water Council is an international multi-stakeholder platform. The idea of forming a world water council was first proposed in 1992 at the UN's International Conference on Environment and Development in Dublin and at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. It was subsequently established in 1996 on the initiative of renowned water specialists and international organizations, in response to an increasing concern about world water issues from the global community. By providing a platform to encourage debates and exchanges of experience, the Council aims to reach a common strategic vision on water resources and water services management amongst all stakeholders in the water community. The Council also catalyses initiatives and activities, whose results converge toward its flagship product, the World Water Forum.

Water-related Programmes

  • Financing Water For All
  • The Right to Water - The main objective of this program is to stimulate the effective implementation of the right to water in international, national and local policies and public and private water services by sharing experiences of concrete actions on approaches to introduction and implementation of this right.
  • Water Monitoring Alliance - This programme builds on the recommendations made at the 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto. It aims to facilitate better coordination of monitoring activities in the water sector by mapping out various existing activities and identifying possible links among them.
  • Local Authorities - The aim of the programme is to stimulate national governments to start and strengthen initiatives that develop capacities of the local authorities (municipalities, district and provincial governments in rural and urban areas) for development and management of water and water services through facilitating dialogues between national and local governments, user groups, local and international financiers, capacity building institutions and civil society.
  • Water and Politics - The World Water Council (WWC) initiated a “Water and Politics” project that aims to raise awareness of the importance of political issues in water reforms and to identify how politics can be a tool for the water community. At first, the WWC intends to focus on analyzing “Water and Politics” at local and national levels, leaving the domain of international relations regarding water issues and hydro-politics for a further reflection.
  • Virtual Water - The objectives of this programme are two-fold: to provide governments with information and tools to enable them;
1) To consciously choose the utilisation of virtual water trade as an effective way to promote water saving and to make it an integral part of government’s national and regional water, food and environmental policies;
2) To develop mechanisms for water stressed countries to generate means (by utilising its human and natural resources) to get access to foreign exchange and international markets to feed themselves.

Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) is a main concern integrated in all of the council's above programmes.

The World Water Council's mission is "to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on earth."

Key Resources

See also complete list of WaterWiki-documented WWC-Publications


  • World Water Actions Database - includes more than 3200 actions which are consultable via a multi-criteria search.
  • Case studies on Right to Water - This database allows the user to search for case studies related to the right to water. It is a work in progress, and users are kindly invited to add their own case studies to ensure the database continues to grow. Case studies can be searched by organisation, region, country or keyword.


source:council website
  • Synthesis of the Fourth World Water Forum (2006) - In one of his most famous short stories, Jorge Luis Borges narrates the existence of a special point in the universe, named an aleph, through which it is possible to see the whole universe and time. The 4th World Water Forum created, to some extent, one of these points. It was an aleph through which we were able to observe, for a short period of time and in a limited space, the broad human universe related to water. The synthesis offered in these pages is a “glimpse at the water aleph”.
  • Final Report of thr 4th World Water Forum:Local actions for a global challenge (2006) - This report is a first contribution towards providing the results of the Fourth World Water Forum. It represents a compendium of what happened during the Forum, the debates, the various components, the progress made and the concrete conclusions.
  • Task force on Financing Water for All Report 1: Enhancing access to finance for local governments financing water for agriculture (2006) - This report makes the important shift from water supply to the demand side and the need to match these better. The essential need for adequate capacity at local level to bring about the changes needed is paramount. National as well as local governments are urged to take appropriate action to develop the necessary institutional and financial capacities at local level to enable an increase of financial absorption capacity. They are also urged to develop local capital markets and provide access to these markets for local governments and service providers.
  • Costing MDG Target 10 on Water Supply and Sanitation: Comparative Analysis, Obstacles and Recommendations - In the past few years, many reports have been written assessing the investment requirements for attaining Target 10 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water supply and sanitation (“halve by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”), all with different results. It is therefore necessary to clarify what lies behind the figures presented in the reports and to explain the reasons for the differing estimates. To this end, this comparative study compares eleven global, regional and national cost assessments.
  • Official Development Assistance (ODA) for Water from 1990-2004 - Increasing investment in the water sector is a precondition for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Among the various sources of available funding, official development assistance (ODA) plays an important role, in particular in leveraging other financial flows. Its importance is recognised clearly by donor countries, which have made a commitment in the last few years to increase the amount of ODA they give and improve its effectiveness. ODA in the water sector should benefit from this increase, as many reports have recommended.
  • The Right to Water:From Concept to Implementation (2006) - This report is an outcome of the program “Right to water: What does it mean and how to implement” initiated by the World Water Council and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Agence Françaisede Développement (AFD). It is a modest but enthusiastic contribution to the fight against ignorance, injustice, poverty and thirst, and inversely, for knowledge, progress and tolerance. It is an honour for the World Water Council and its members to have initiated this step.
  • Right to water? Moving towards a global consensus?

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