Over the past fifteen years, I have seen a rapid evolution in corporate actors in recognizing water risks to their operations. In response, some have taken measures to ensure that all water is returned to its originating watershed while making sure that returned water is as clean or cleaner than it was before. But to keep the momentum going, we need to think about how we can encourage and motivate companies that will push them to collaborate more with governments, other companies, and civil society toward realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Equally as important, we need to bring forward those companies that unfortunately have yet to prioritize water.
Water Security is the new buzzword in the water sector… but what does it mean, really? And how is it applied to real life?
For countries and governments, the term national water security means having adequate water, both in quantity and quality, to meet all demands of the population, the productive sectors and the environment, but also dealing well with extremes, and overall managing the resource adequately and efficiently.
- Water is a crucial aspect of development.
- The Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership launches July 1st.
- The Partnership identifies sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing and resilience as crucial for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.
Water touches nearly every aspect of development. It drives economic growth, supports healthy ecosystems and is fundamental for life. However, this critical resource can harm as well as help. Water-related hazards such as floods, storms, and droughts are responsible for 9 out of 10 natural disasters. Climate change is expected to increase this risk and place even greater stress on scarce water supplies.
His annoucement about a major increase in the Bank Group’s financing to help countries combat climate change by building low carbon and resilient development is likely to boost support for projects related to renewable energy and energy efficiency, climate-smart transport solutions, resilient cities, the restoration of degraded forests and landscapes, enhanced water security, and agricultural practices.
Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, took to the stage during the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert in Washington DC. The concert took place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, during the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group. On stage, Minister Ploumen made a new commitment to provide clean drinking water and toilets for those who currently lack access. Watch her speak to the crowd in Washington.
The World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice (WGP) has published the Water Partnership Program’s Annual Report. The Netherlands is a longstanding strategic partner and has enabled the WPP to shape global water policy and strengthen water programs globally to help countries build resilience, protect the most vulnerable, and progress towards ensuring water security for all.