The world is not on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal No. 6 on water and sanitation. We’re looking to change that.
The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) was launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 in Davos, Switzerland, to help close the gap between global water demand and supply by 2030. Since its inception, the Forum-initiated 2030 WRG has grown into a vibrant network of more than 700 partners from the private sector, government and civil society. To date, the 2030 WRG and its network have facilitated over $444 million of financing for water-related programmes and demonstrated tangible results in a number of areas, including agricultural water efficiency, urban and industrial water management, wastewater treatment and improved livelihoods for farmers.
At the current rate, there will be a 40% gap between global water supply and demand by 2030.
The gap between global water supply and demand is projected to reach 40% by 2030 if current practices continue. In many places, demand is already exceeding sustainable supply, and in others, water scarcity is hindering economic growth. Water insecurity risks triggering a global food crisis, while economic growth and more unpredictable weather patterns increase competition for access to water, impacting citizens, farmers, industries and governments. This means that solutions for addressing the global water crisis must engage multiple stakeholders from all sectors of society.
The 2030 WRG creates a neutral platform where the public and private sectors and civil society can collectively identify and agree on ways to improve water resource management in their countries. This approach brings together relevant parties who would not otherwise meet to discuss water issues – stakeholders including heads of government, ministers who oversee energy, finance and/or economic growth, CEOs, and NGOs and development agencies.
After its launch in 2008, the 2030 WRG was incubated at the Forum from 2010 until 2012, when it was moved to the International Finance Corporation. Since 2018, it has been hosted within the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, forming the key public-private partnership in the practice’s portfolio of multi-donor trust funds. The Forum served as the secretariat during the 2030 WRG’s incubation phase and continues to chair the steering board. It also holds a seat on the 2030 WRG’s governing council, the highest decision-making body.
The 2030 WRG currently has programmes in 14 countries and states: Bangladesh, Brazil (the state of São Paulo), Ethiopia, India (national level as well as the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh), Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania and Viet Nam.
By engaging multiple stakeholders in these local programmes, the 2030 WRG is helping the world get back on track to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 6, which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.
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