Vision, Mission, and Values

The Global Water Partnership's vision is for a water secure world. Our mission is to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development.

Vision Statement 2014-2019

A water secure world is vital for a better future: a future in which there is enough water to support social development, sustainable and inclusive growth, and ecosystems. In a water secure world, we will respect the intrinsic value of water and recognise its vital role in supporting human lives and livelihoods.

A water secure world harnesses the productive power of water and minimises its destructive force. It is a world where every person has enough safe, affordable, clean water to lead a healthy and productive life. It is a world where communities are protected from floods, droughts, landslides, erosion, and water-borne diseases. Water security promotes environmental protection as well as social justice, and addresses the impacts of poor water management. All of these will become even greater challenges as climate variability increases.

A water secure world reduces poverty and improves living standards. The human right of access to clean water and sanitation are now enshrined in international law. Putting this into practice will improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable, especially women and children, who benefi t most from good water governance.

We believe that an integrated approach to managing and equitably sharing the world’s limited water resources among the many different and competing uses is the best way to achieve a water secure world.

Mission Statement 2014-2019

GWP will support countries to realise our vision by helping them to advance their governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development.

Effective governance and a willingness to work together are widely accepted as the keys to solving the problem of how to share limited water resources equitably among many different and competing water users.

Across the world, at every stage of national development, we will continue to build understanding of the relationship between economic growth and increasing water security. We will demonstrate how water security can be achieved in practice based on a firm foundation of knowledge and innovation.

We will pursue this mission by promoting an integrated approach based on the principles and practices established at the International Conference on Water and the Environment in Dublin in 1991 and at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The value of this approach was again recognised at the Rio+20 Conference in 2012. It is now internationally accepted as being crucial in effective and sustainable management of water resources and in stimulating green growth.


GWP's core values unite the Partners and are paramount to pursuing its mission.

The main requirement for membership is that Partners agree to adhere to the core values. GWP Partners, and all GWP entities, agree to strive for inclusiveness, openness, transparency, accountability, respect, gender sensitivity and solidarity. These are our core values. GWP expects all Partners to apply them, bringing together, as needed, as wide a group of stakeholders as possible in fulfilment of our mission.

The values underpin meaningful dialogue among people with different interests and mindsets, and strengthen GWP's neutral stance and credibility. Solidarity is at the heart of GWP's development endeavours and is essential to our commitment to the poor and disadvantaged.

Posted: 2014-03-21

Subscribe to this page - RSS

Choose language


Your email address and name are required, and if you wish you may give the details of your organisation and country to allow us to identify information of interest for you for future newsletters.

You may of course unsubscribe at any time.