A new publication on open access is available on world water management.
We can observe that the progress to reach the sixth Sustainable Development Goal on freshwater (SDG6) is not strong enough. Climate and biodiversity-related targets may be compromised due to the situation. Two elements should be developed: more and better science and a stronger partnership between policy-makers and the scientific and engineering communities.
UNESCO is thus proposing the regular production of a scientific assessment of the world’s water resources to improve the fragmented institutional water management in most countries.
The reports produced by the UN-Water, 30 UN agencies, should be changed to take the form of a data-based, solution-oriented assessment underpinned by science. This would be the first global scientific assessment of water resources to be validated by an intergovernmental mechanism.