This report is an independent evidence-based analysis of how water can be addressed in a development agenda beyond 2015. It forecasts what might be needed in terms of financial investment, governance, and capacity and examines what these needs imply for implementation.
- Water should not be treated as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“sectorÃ¢â‚¬Â alone but as a cross-linked issue given its crosscutting nature and essential roles in social and economic development and environmental integrity.
- Implementation of water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be built upon comprehensive national water assessments and linked to national development strategies.
- All SDGs should follow eight fundamental principles based on desired outcomes and pragmatic attributes and include dimensions of economic growth, social development, and environmental management.
- Between 1.8 and 2.5 percent of the annual global GDP is needed for implementation of water-related SDGs, which would generate a minimum $3.1 trillion in additional benefits, a net benefit of $734 billion.