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UN-Water Country briefs launch
At the World Water Week in Stockholm

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Water Country Briefs (WCB) pilot project, implemented by FAO-AQUASTAT for UN-Water, has been finalized. The WCBs are intended to send a powerful message about the urgent challenges on water issues that are stifling human and national development, and to prompt donors, governments and other key actors to raise these issues on the political agenda and increase investments. They frame water issues within the larger development equation within a country as a way to stimulate further political attention and investments in water.

As the main purpose of this project was to define the method and develop the template and framework and apply it to a limited number of countries, considerable time and resources have been dedicated to develop such a template and methodology for these briefs. The intention for producing this framework is that it can then be easily adapted and applied to a larger number of countries.

This initial project has generated briefs for 13 countries which, together with the description of the method used, are now available on the project page at http://www.unwater.org/WaterCountryBriefs.html.

They will be launched during the World Water Week in Stockholm on 5 September 2013.

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

The overall objective of the UN-Water Country Briefs project is to better visualize the critical importance of investments in water for human and economic development. The intention is to foster increased political momentum for stronger interventions on water-related issues by policy makers, dealing with peace and security, infrastructure investments, agricultural, health, education and environmental issues, as well as macro- and micro-economic perspectives. An ultimate goal is to mobilize increased financial and institutional investments directed to water–related interventions, to serve as a tool for advocacy on water issues in more general terms and as decision support tools in policy processes. The primary target groups are national governments, but civil society organizations and private sector actors, and the media are also examples of key stakeholders.

This initial project has generated briefs for 13 countries. As the main purpose of this project is to define the method and develop the template and framework and apply it to a limited number of countries, considerable time and resources have been dedicated to develop such a template and methodology for these country briefs. The intention for producing this framework is that it can then be easily adapted and applied to a larger number of countries.

The UN-Water Country Briefs are intended to send a powerful message about the urgent challenges on water issues that are stifling human and national development, and to prompt donors, governments and other key actors to raise these issues on the political agenda and increase investments. They frame water issues within the larger development equation within a country as a way to stimulate further political attention and investments in water.

This two-year project(2011-2013) was implemented by FAO-AQUASTAT on behalf of UN-Water with financial support from the United States Department of State (USDS).

 
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