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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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The world's water crisis: Fitting the pieces together

EACH ONE OF THE ELEVEN CHALLENGES addressed by this report is significant and substantive in its own right. Each will require major and focused effort in order to be met and overcome. Having looked at the challenges individually, however, our purpose now is to fit the pieces together within an integrated framework that reveals how the water crisis affects the daily lives of billions of people. Presenting this bigger picture serves different purposes: to expose the multiple dimensions of the water crisis, to create an awareness of the complexity of the water situation and of how the many dimensions are tied into the overeaching goals.

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