Water Resources Management
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).