The Valuing Water Initiative (VWI) calls for water to be prioritised in decision making through the application of the UN Valuing Water Principles in different water value chains and sectors. We work collaboratively with stakeholders, both inside and outside the water sector, to encourage governments, industries and civil society to bring about the systemic change required to understand, value and manage water to ensure we can live in a sustainable water-secure world. We aim to increase awareness of the many values of water and ensure the collection of best practices and lessons learned on how to identify the value of water in its numerous competing uses are shared between communities, cities and countries.
United Nations High Level Panel on Water
In April 2016 the United Nations and the World Bank Group convened a High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) to provide the leadership required to champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was one of the eleven sitting Heads of State and Government in the panel.
In March 2018, the High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW) released its outcome document ‘Making Every Drop Count’ and recommended that we all understand, value and manage water better. The HLPW defined 5 principles to value water better and triggered the Valuing Water Initiative (VWI) to put these into practice.
The 5 Valuing Water Principles