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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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Prologue

IT GIVES ME GRAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE this first edition of the World Water Development Report, Water for People, Water for Life, which, like the World Water Assessment Programme itself, is a product of many hands working in close collaboration. The Report emphasizes the critical importance of freshwater in every region of the world. It shows how human development is stifled without an adequate supply of water of suitable quality. It shows how peace and harmony between and within nations are threatened where, for whatever reason, there is insufficient water to meet human and environmental needs. And it shows how the value of freshwater exceeds narrow economic calculations by encompassing a whole range of social, cultural and ethical considerations.

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