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Launch UN-Water Report on Water resources Management for Rio+20

23.05.2012 -

Delivering a "Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to the Development, Management and Use of Water Resources" to the UNCSD Rio+20 Conference

The UN Commission on Sustainable Development at its 13th Session (CSD-13) in 2005 called on Governments and the UN System to take actions related to water resources management and decided to monitor and follow-up the implementation of decisions in 2012.

Rio+20 will mark 20 years after the Rio Earth Summit, 10 years after the Johannesburg Summit and 40 years after the Stockholm Conference. The Rio+20 Summit thus provides a unique opportunity to strengthen the commitment from Governments and the international community to promote and implement integrated approaches to the sustainable management of water resources, as called for in Rio 1992 (Chapter 18 of Agenda 21) and in Johannesburg 2002 (the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation).

The UN-Water Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to the Development, Management and Use of Water Resources will be launched on 19 June at the Water Day @ Rio+20. The report will be used as the basis for informed decision-making by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and national governments. It includes lessons learned and recommendations, as well as focus areas for action. The report also provides guidance for establishing a regular international monitoring and reporting framework to promote sustainable development and management of water resources.

The report is based on the analysis of data from a questionnaire-based global survey assessing the progress and outcomes of the application of integrated approaches to the development, management and use of water resources. 133 countries responded to the survey, see map below. The global questionnaire was complemented by an interview-based survey in 30 representative countries.