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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Rethinking Collective Action and Investment Planning for a Water Secure World

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Private sector

    We aim to RETHINK our approach to water resources management and investment planning through the creation of a Collective Action Coalition. Our goal is to foster collaboration amongst public and private stakeholders to secure multi-sectorial, multipurpose investments and instigate lasting economic change towards regenerative, water-secure development models.

    The coalition commits to work together intensely the following 3 years to demonstrate a model of radical collaboration to collectively REIMAGINE our economic development, governance, planning and financing frameworks to incentivize collective action and unlock collective intelligence, impact, value and investments at system scale to achieve SDG6. By the World Water Forum in Bali the coalition will have started to demonstrate this multisector public-private radical collaboration approach in selected regions of the world.

    Expected Impact

    We aspire to:

    1) Build an inclusive and open collaborative process between public, private and societal actors and acknowledge the multiple values of actors in achieving water security.

    2) Close the massive gaps in finance and contribute to a full set of SDGs, beyond SDG6, which is a key challenge today, given the difficulty of aligning investment planning across sectors.

    3) Effect a positive impact upon all stakeholders involved, including but not limited to:
    - Communities living and depending on the watershed resources for health and safety.
    - Basin authorities, stakeholders, and companies wishing to enable sustainable activities and bring value for communities, clients, and the environment.
    - Layers of government needing ensure the provision of public goods depending on water security.
    - Investors looking projects that are sustainable for the economy, communities, and the environment.


    WaterEquity, Danone, Government of Chile, UK Government – Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office, Saguapac, Green Climate Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, Veolia, Global Water Partnership, WBCSD, The Nature Conservancy

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Name Description
    Agree on clear definitions of collective action and define sector roles & responsibilities regarding collective action and the investment continuum required to secure water for all.
    Identify opportunities that enable synergetic collaboration and overcome the bottlenecks of the investment pipeline while leveraging a greater magnitude of private sector investments in water security.
    Leverage the catalytic potential of public procurement strategies to enable greater private sector participation in modalities that fit the institutional and development context, while creating a new generation of green jobs and supply chains.
    Select 2 or 3 regions and develop a workplan for them, by Bali World Water Forum.
    Staff / Technical expertise
    To be determined based on collaboration and agreements of coalition.
    Financing (in USD)
    To be determined based on collaboration and agreements of coalition.
    In-kind contribution
    To be determined based on collaboration and agreements of coalition.
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    1. Global
    Other beneficiaries

    Countries & Other beneficiaries to be determined based on coalition agreements and cooperation.

    Macquarie University
    Ibero-American Network of Life Cycle Assesment
    United States of America
    United States of America
    Contact Information

    Sarah, Water Stewardship Manager