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The United Nations World Water Development Report 2003

Water for People, Water for Life

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WWDR1 is targeted to all those involved in the formulation and implementation of water-related policies and investment strategies, as well as to professionals at all levels. Although it offers a broad global picture, it focuses particularly on the situation in developing countries, where the need for better infrastructure and governance is highest. With this report, WWAP is aiming to show where systems are failing, and to provide the information needed for efficient and effective capacity-building throughout the world. This 1st edition of the WWDR laid the foundation for subsequent editions, concentrating essentially on evaluating what progress has been made, and not made, since the Rio Summit and on developing effective assessment methodologies. The Report encompasses a broad range of components, focusing on human stewardship of freshwater, that complex aggregation of policies, legislation, social programmes, economic approaches and management strategies through which we seek to achieve water sustainability.

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Preface

AS WE ENTER THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY A GLOBAL WATER CRISIS IS THREATENING the security, stability and environmental sustainability of all nations, particularly those in the developing world. Millions die each year from water-related diseases, while water pollution and ecosystem destruction grow. Again, those in developing countries are hardest hit. In its Millennium Declaration, the United Nations (UN) called on the nations of the world to 'halve by 2015 the proportion of people who are unable to reach, or to afford, safe drinking water', and to 'stop the unsustainable exploitation of water resources by developing water management strategies at the regional, national and local levels, which promote both equitable access and adequate supplies'.

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