UN-Water strengthens coordination and coherence among UN entities dealing with issues related to all aspects of freshwater and sanitation. This includes surface and groundwater resources, the interface between freshwater and seawater and water-related disasters.
A coherent, coordinated approach is clearly required as these issues represent some of the most urgent development challenges of our time. We must manage freshwater sustainably so that everyone has enough water to drink and stay clean and healthy; food producers have enough water to satisfy the demands of growing populations; industries have enough water to meet their needs; and countries have opportunities to secure a reliable supply of energy.
In the last two years, UN-Water and GWP have collaborated in assessing global progress in IWRM planning and implementation. GWP is also contributing to the World Water Development Report 4 that will be published in 2010. In addition, GWP is involved in two UN-Water Task Forces, on Climate Change, and on Monitoring and Indicators.