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Cleaning Up Governance of the World's Water

Two critical weaknesses hinder efforts to keep pace with rising global demand for freshwater.

First, failures of water governance contribute to poor coordination and to an overall low capacity to respond to people’s needs, in a world where 40 per cent of people live in areas of water stress.

Second, the sector is also destabilised by corruption and a lack of integrity that allow resources to be diverted and impede efforts to meet the challenges of climate change and the growing demand for water for food and energy.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change agenda amount to commitments that can only be met if governance improves and corruption inside and outside the water sector is reduced or eliminated.

The Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 explores how this can be done. It uses examples from many countries to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of integrity, capacity and governance. It promotes transparency, accountability and participation (TAP) to achieve greater openness, trust and citizen involvement. The report makes recommendations to strengthen integrity and to make the sector fit to meet the human rights for water and sanitation.

Vested interests and corruption have to be addressed or they will remain a barrier to human development and to preserving abundant life on our planet.


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