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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This report would not have been possible without the generous and varied contributions of many individuals and organizations from around the world. In addition to the twenty-four agencies that make up UN-Water, numerous other UN organizations, universities, institutes, NGOs and national governments have contributed invaluable input. We would especially like to thank the Government of Japan for its generous support and the publishers, Berghahn Books and UNESCO Publishing.

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