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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
18-02-2003 12:30 pm Paris - The most comprehensive and up-to-date report on the state of the world’s freshwater resources will be presented to the media on March 5 on the eve of the Third World Water Forum, which will take place in Kyoto, Japan (March 16 – 23).

To what extent will climate change, population growth and rising levels of pollution intensify the water crisis? Exactly how much water is available per person in almost every country? How much will we need for food security in the next 15, 25 and 50 years? The international community has pledged to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to water and sanitation by 2015. Which regions are on track? How much will it cost to achieve these goals? What is the likelihood that countries will go to war over water in the near future?

The World Water Development Report (WWDR) brings together all available data to answer these questions and others. For the first time, every UN agency and commission dealing with water has worked together to monitor progress towards water-related targets in such fields as health, food, ecosystems, cities, industry, energy, risk management, economic evaluation, resource sharing and governance.

With more than 25 world maps, numerous charts, graphs and seven case studies of major river basins, the report also analyzes how diverse societies cope with water scarcity, including policies that work or don’t work. It lays the foundations for the UN to regularly monitor and report on the state of the resource by developing a set of standardized methodologies, data and indicators.

The report will be presented at a press conference, to be held on March 5th in Tokyo, by Gordon Young, coordinator of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), which produced the report on behalf of 23 UN agencies. The WWAP secretariat is hosted by UNESCO.

The press conference will take place at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo. Interviews can be organized in advance.

Source Media Advisory No. 2003-14


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