The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015

Volume I - Water for a Sustainable World; Volume II - Facing the Challenges, Case Studies and Indicators

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The 2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2015), titled Water for a Sustainable World, was launched at the official celebration of the World Water Day, on March 20. The WWDR 2015 demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability. Taking account of economic growth, social equity and environmental sustainability, the report’s forward-looking narrative describes how major challenges and change factors in the modern world will affect – and can be affected by – water resources, services and related benefits. The report provides a comprehensive overview of major and emerging trends from around the world, with examples of how some of the trend-related challenges have been addressed, their implications for policy-makers, and further actions that can be taken by stakeholders and the international community.

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Asia and the Pacific

The heavily populated asia-Pacific region faces challenges associated with water-related disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change, accelerated urbanization, and the quality and quantity of available water supplies. these three issues are examined detail in the sections below. the region’s challenges concerning water and sustainable development, however, are by no means limited to those covered in this report. for example, intensified industrial development and growing energy demand will add to already existing pressure on water resources in the region. individually and together, these challenges create significant obstacles to sustainable development

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