The OECD Water Governance Principles provide the 12 must-do for governments to design and implement effective, efficient, and inclusive water policies in a shared responsibility with the broader range of stakeholders. They were developed using a multi-stakeholder approach within the OECD Water Governance Initiative, and backed by Ministers at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting on 4 June 2015.
Since their adoption, the Principles have been endorsed by 42 countries and 140+ major stakeholder groups. The first 65 signatures from public, private and non-profit organisations were gathered at the 7th World Water Forum in April 2015 in Korea through the Daegu Declaration.
Work is underway to identify and scale-up local, basin and national best practices for each Principle, and to develop water governance indicators to assess the state of play of water governance in interested countries, basins and cities. Results will be published in an OECD Water Governance at a Glance report in 2018.
Setting standards for more effective, efficient and inclusive design and implementation of water policies: