Water Resources Management

11 July 2009: Chuncheon, Korea: Soyangkang multi-purpose dam, one of major dmas supplying electricity power to Seoul and its environs: 1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity. Number of people living without electricity by region: South Asia 706 million, Sub-Saharan Africa 547 million, East Asia 224 million, Other 101 million.(UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2007) Photo Credit:Kibae Park/Sipa Press

Water is a cross-sector focus in addressing the challenges of the region as it underpins all socio-economic activities. The ESCAP secretariat promotes cooperation on management of international river basins in Asia. The ESCAP secretariat also promotes concepts of the water and green growth, through management of visible and invisible water infrastructure, decentralised waste water management systems. A number of practical solutions for integration and cooperation have been operationalized in the region such as in eco-efficient water infrastructure, and building capacities in the various sub-sectors at the regional level.

At its 69th Session of ESCAP in 2013, Resolution 69/8 on “Enhancing knowledge-sharing and cooperation in integrated water resources management in Asia and the Pacific” was unanimously accepted by all member States. At the global level, the ESCAP secretariat co-chairs two task forces in UN-Water: Task Force on Water Security (co-chair with UNU-INWEH), Task Force to Improve Regional Level Coordination (co-chair with ESCWA).