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The United Nations World Water Development Report 2012

Volume I - Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk; Volume II - Knowledge Base; Volume III - Facing the Challenges

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The fourth edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR4), ‘Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk’ is a comprehensive review of the world's freshwater resources and seeks to demonstrate, among other messages, that water underpins all aspects of development, and that a coordinated approach to managing and allocating water is critical. The Report underlines that in order to meet multiple goals water needs to be an intrinsic element in decision-making across the whole development spectrum. It was launched at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and Michel Jarraud, UN-Water Chair.

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Water and health

The global drivers predicted to have the greatest effect on disease rates via the water environment are population growth and urbanization, agriculture, infrastructure, and global climate change. Trends in these drivers directly and indirectly affect the global burden of disease, largely adversely, and increase the overall uncertainty in future human health.

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