The United Nations World Water Development Report, released every year with a focus on different strategic water issues each year, is the UN’s flagship report on water. It is a comprehensive review that gives an overall picture of the state of the world's freshwater resources and aims to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water.
Based on the collective input of 23 UN agencies and convention secretariats, this is the most comprehensive assessment of the world’s freshwater resources. Generously illustrated with more than 25 full-colour global maps, numerous figures, tables (including country tables) and photos, the report opens with a chapter describing the water crisis. It reviews progress and trends, proposes methodologies and indicators for measuring sustainability. It then assesses progress in 11 challenging areas including: health, food, environment, shared water resources, cities, industry, energy, risk management, knowledge, valuing water and governance. Finally, it presents 7 pilot case studies of river basins representing various social, economic and environmental settings.