Global Agenda Council on Water 2014-2016


The provision of water services is a core development issue that needs the appropriate political and financial attention. The annual cost of replacing and maintaining water infrastructure – which the OECD estimates to be $1.3 trillion for developed countries and emerging markets – remains a challenge in many countries. This is illustrated by the important gap between planned and actual investments.

Over the past decade, several studies have been carried out to establish how much more needs to be invested in the water sector to reach international development targets. Although this is difficult to accurately estimate, it is clear that current levels of investment are insufficient. In fact, a recent OECD study estimated that by 2015, $772 billion will have to be invested each year in wastewater services around the world.

Although progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals, 783 million people still do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. This requires immediate action. 

To address these issues, the Global Agenda Council on Water will, through its membership of 20 leading experts from a broad range of sectors and backgrounds, build on the wealth of existing knowledge and studies that have already been undertaken on the topic. It will add an innovative dimension to the discourse with the aim of designing a new model that can close the water services investment gap in both developed and developing countries.

To get involved please contact

Research Analyst: Daniel Akinmade Emejulu, Associate, Global Agenda Councils,
Council Manager: Sophia Sandström, Project Manager, Water Initiative,
Forum Lead: Dominic Waughray, Senior Director, Environmental Initiatives,