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This paper focuses principally on the global drop in basic water supply and sanitation over the last 10 years. It considers critical international and regional aspects relating to the continued freshwater overuse, mis-use and infrastructural problems. Some solutions with regards to enabling access to water, as well as furthering sustainable water use and management are discussed.

UNED Forum Freshwater Briefing Paper - pdf format

UNED Forum Freshwater Briefing Paper - Rich Text format

Other useful resources...


  • UN CSD NGO Steering Committee Freshwater Caucus

  • Making Water Everybody's Business - World Water Council

  • Freshwater Roadmap

United Nations

  • Strategic Approaches to Freshwater Management, Decision 6/1 - Report of the 6th Session of the UNCSD
  • Progress made in providing safe water supply and sanitation for all during the 1990s - Secretary General's report to the 8th Session of the UNCSD
  • Ministerial Declaration on Water Security - Second World Water Forum
  • Protection of the Quality and Supply of Freshwater Resources:  Application of Integrated Approaches to the Development, Management and Use of Water Resources - Agenda 21, Chapter 18
  • Global Environmental Outlook 2000 - UNEP
  • Programme of the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 on Freshwater - 19th UNGASS
  • World Development Indicators - World Bank