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The World Water Development Report (WWDR)

The WWDR is an annual and thematic report that focuses on different strategic water issues each year and aims to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water resources. It also includes regional aspects, hotspots, examples and stories, making the report relevant to a broad range of readers, at different levels and in different geographical areas.

The development of the WWDR, coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), is a joint effort of the UN agencies and entities which make up UN-Water, working in partnership with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

 

The WWDR was originally a triennial report and the first four editions were launched in conjunction with the World Water Forum in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012. The triennial version provided an overall picture of the state, uses and management of the world's freshwater resources. In 2012, the decision was taken to revise the scope of the report and improve its format in order to better meet the needs of its readers with an annual, more concise publication that is increasingly facts-based and has a more specific thematic focus.

The fourth and latest edition (WWDR4), Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risks, was published in March 2012 and is available below along with earlier editions.

The first edition of the annual report (WWDR5) will address the theme "Water and Energy" and will be launched on the occasion of World Water Day on 22 March 2014, whose theme will be harmonized with that of the report from 2014 on. In 2015 the World Water Development Report (WWDR6) will address "Water and Sustainable Development".

 

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World Water Development Report 2014 - Water and Energy

World Water Development Report
21 Mar 2014

Water and energy are closely interconnected and highly interdependent. Choices made and actions taken in one domain can greatly affect the other, positively or negatively....

   
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Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk

World Water Development Report
12 Mar 2012

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...

   
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Water in a Changing World

World Water Development Report
16 Mar 2009

The Third edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR3), "Water in a Changing World" was officially launched on March 16, 2009 at the 5th World Water Forum...

   
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Water, a Shared Responsibility

World Water Development Report
16 Mar 2006

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...

   
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Water for People, Water for Life

World Water Development Report
22 Mar 2003

Coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), the 1st edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR1) was the result of the collaboration of twenty-three UN agencies...