Valuing Water for Sustainable Development

High-level forum hosted by Oxford University, exploring how valuing water can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

7 November 2017, University of Oxford

Our ability to value and manage water effectively will determine whether we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Meeting SDGs 6.1 and 6.2 alone will require an estimated USD 114 billion per year in capital expenditure. If we fail to value water effectively, it will be hard to stimulate necessary investments and policy reforms. Yet there are also increasing opportunities for innovation to value water better, enabling more efficient and equitable allocation of scarce resources while ensuring the resilience of watersheds and freshwater ecosystems. These challenges and opportunities have prompted the Valuing Water Initiative of the UN/World Bank High Level Panel on Water, the OECD’s Roundtable on Financing Water and a range of initiatives led by businesses, civil society and governments.

Join us in Oxford on 7 November 2017 for a one day forum on Valuing Water for Sustainable Development. The forum will convene enterprise, development and government partners to advance learning and action from global experiences. The one-day event will examine how valuing water can contribute to the SDGs, taking stock of challenges, innovations, and lessons in three areas: water allocation and markets, sustainable finance and affordable water services for the poor.

Space will be limited – please save the date. Registration details and a final programme will be released in September.

Distinguished speakers and panelists:

Fred Boltz,
Managing Director for Ecosystems, Rockefeller Foundation

Richard Damania,
Global Lead Economist, Water Global Practice, World Bank

Kathleen Dominique,
Environmental Economist, OECD

Guy Hutton*,
Senior Advisor WASH, UNICEF*

Xavier Laflaive
Water Team Lead, OECD

Henk Ovink,
Special Envoy International Water Affairs, Government of the Netherlands

Jennifer Sara,
Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank


Plus local and international partners including DFID, Global Resilience Partnership, WWF and an enterprise roundtable.

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Supported by the Forum of Federations.