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Task Force on Water Resources Management

In 2005, the Thirteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-13) requested that UN-Water follow up on decisions related to water and sanitation at two specific occasions: in 2008 and in 2012.

At the CSD-16, in 2008, UN-Water delivered a Status Report on Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Efficiency Plans based on surveys. For the review in 2012, UN-Water asked the United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP, to lead the preparation of a Status Report: 'The Application of Integrated Approaches to Development, Management and Use of Water Resources'. To oversee the process, a Task Force was established and the preparation of the report carried out by a core team including the UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment (UDC), the UNDP Water Governance Unit and Global Water Partnership (GWP).


The Task Force has carried out the following activities:

  • Setting up the organization and getting consensus on the scope, methodology and process among partners and stakeholders;
  • Developing a survey instrument including a general questionnaire rolled out to all countries and an in-depth survey applied in selected developing countries;
  • Developing a contact database and establishing a help-desk to facilitate the response process;
  • Preparing the report and submitting it to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development;
  • Publishing the report and disseminating the outputs;
  • Feeding the findings from the survey into global and regional meetings leading up to the Rio+20 Summit;
  • Proposing a regular monitoring and reporting framework based on the survey instrument.

Coordinating organizations and contacts

Thomas Chiramba
United Nations Environment Programme

Water Governance Unit


UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)

Last update:07 Oct 2014