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The United Nations World Water Development Report 2006

Water - A Shared Responsibility

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The Report builds on the conclusions of the 1st United Nations World Water Development Report 'Water for People, Water for Life' published in 2003. It presents a comprehensive picture of freshwater resources in all regions and most countries of the world as it tracks progress towards the water-related targets of the UN Millennium Development Goals and examines a range of key issues including population growth and increasing urbanization, changing ecosystems, food production, health, industry and energy, as well as risk management, valuing and paying for water and increasing knowledge and capacity. Sixteen case studies look at typical water resource challenges and provide valuable insights into different facets of the water crisis and management responses. Finally, the report outlines a set of conclusions and recommendations to guide future action and encourage sustainable use, productivity and management of our increasingly scarce freshwater resources. WWDR2 is aimed at a wide audience, including all those interested or directly involved in the formulation and implementation of water-related policies, as well as managers, researchers, teachers, students and, of course, water users themselves.

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Prologue

In March 2003, at the Third World Water Forum held in Kyoto, Japan, I had the pleasure of introducing the first World Water Development Report, which is now being used as an educational tool and as a guide for decision-makers in many countries around the world. Its impact was such that it created a momentum at the international level for the creation of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Life’ (2005-2015).

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