Oxford University co-chairs global Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth
Professors Jim Hall and David Grey are co-chairs of the Expert Task Force of the Global Water Partnership and OECD Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth, launched at the World Water Week in Stockholm on 2 September 2013.
The Expert Task Force is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of leading economists, water managers and scientists who will provide new evidence on the linkages between economic growth and water security. The group is coordinated by Dr. Claudia Sadoff of the GWP Technical Committee, co-chaird by Professors Hall and Grey, and includes Drs Simon Dadson and Dustin Garrick.
The Task Force will develop, model and economically assess a set of water security scenarios at the global and basin level, with the aim to illustrate and compare different strategies and pathways for achieving water security. This new knowledge will enable countries to better understand and manage water risks, and ensure that efforts to promote economic growth and development are not jeopardised by these risks.
At the offical launch of the project at World Water Week, Dr. Claudia Sadoff explained that “the structure of the task force will be to work from risk based perspective: we will document economic costs and risks associated with water, and then we will look at trade-offs and benefits.”
The Global Dialogue project also includes a high-level panel co-chaired by Angel Gurría, Secretary General of OECD, and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, President of Liberia and UN Goodwill Ambassador for Water and Sanitation.
Another component of the project will be a country level consultation process led by GWP that will investigate country perceptions and priorities regarding water security.
The Global Dialogue will result in a milestone report on ‘Water Security and Economic Growth’ to be presented at the World Water Forum in South Korea in 2015. The project will draw attention to the importance of water within the post-2015 Development Framework and will provide input to the United Nation’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.