by Michel Jarraud
Chair of UN-Water and Secretary-General of WMO
2015 is when the Millennium Development Goals will come to term and the new sustainable development agenda will come to light. this year we have an unprecedented opportunity to be bold, brave and vigorous when creating the future we want.
Water is truly at the core of sustainable development. It is inextricably linked to climate change, agriculture, food security, health, equality, gender and education, and there is already international agreement that water and sanitation are essential to the achievement of many sustainable development goals.
In my capacity as Chair of UN-Water, I am proud of this year’s World Water Development Report. With a broad and ambitious scope, the Report provides a thorough understanding of water and sanitation challenges and how to transform them into opportunities.
The production of this Report was only made possible by the hundreds of hours of inter-agency collaboration that went into it. Therefore, I would like to sincerely thank all of my UN-Water colleagues for their contributions. I would also like to express my profound appreciation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its World Water Assessment Programme, which coordinates the production and publication of the report on behalf of UN-Water.
This 2015 Report is a must-read to understand the role of water and sanitation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and it is my hope that this Report can inspire strategies, policies and actions for years to come.
See the full report.