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,

Corpus Christi College,

University of Oxford

Addressing global development challenges requires valuing and managing water effectively. Achieving universal, safely managed water and sanitation by 2030 is projected to require capital expenditures of USD 114 billion per year. Investment on this scale, along with the accompanying policy reforms to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), can be motivated by a growing appreciation of the value of water.

The OECD Roundtable on Financing Water, UN/World Bank High Level Panel on Water, and initiatives across the developing world create a global opportunity to rethink how we value water and to take stock of rapidly changing models and approaches for financing and allocation.

Join us in Oxford, on 7 November, for a one-day forum to advance new approaches to water valuation, finance and allocation. This forum will convene enterprise, development and government partners to advance action and learning from global experiences.

Event registration is now closed.

Further event details and guidance on planning your trip to Oxford is available here.

Draft programme

The event programme is now available online. Speakers include:

  • Dr Giulio Boccaletti, Chief Strategy Officer and Global Managing Director for Water, The Nature Conservancy;
  • Dr Nicholas Brozovic, Director of Policy, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska – Lincoln;
  • James Dalton, Director, IUCN Global Water Programme;
  • Dr Richard Damania, Global Lead Economist, Water Global Practice
  • Kathleen Dominique, Environmental Economist, OECD;
  • Prof Michael Hanemann, Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, California-Berkeley;
  • Prof Cameron Hepburn, Professor of Environmental Economics, School and Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE);
  • Dr Guy Hutton, Senior Advisor WASH, UNICEF;
  • Ambika Jindal, Vice President, Sustainable Finance, ING;
  • Dr Xavier Leflaive, Water Team Lead, OECD;
  • Dr Nathanial Matthews, Programme Director, Global Resilience Partnership;
  • Prof Mahbuba Nasreen, Director of the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, University of Dhaka;
  • Stuart Orr, Freshwater Practice Lead, WWF-International;
  • Henk Ovink, Special Envoy International Water Affairs, Government of the Netherlands;
  • Jennifer Sara, Director, World Bank Water Global Practice;
  • Dr Tushaar Shah, Senior Fellow, International Water Management Institute;
  • Sophie Trémolet, Senior Economist, World Bank Water Global Practice.

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Supported by the Forum of Federations.