Launch of the UN-Water Country Briefs

How does water matter to a country’s development and growth? How much is the country investing in water? What do quantitative data reveal? Data have been collected and pooled together into a new product: the UN-Water Country Briefs (WCBs).

A pilot project, implemented by FAO-AQUASTAT, the WCBs have been designed to better visualize the economic and development impact of making water-related investments in 13 countries. Within 6-pages, they present and assess the country's water profile, water-related investment flows, and present evidence and analysis on the state of irrigated agriculture, drinking water supply and sanitation, environment and health, energy, industry and tracking of water governance. Lack of good and reliable quantitative data makes water-related investment decisions inherently more complex and investments more risky for investors. What are the data quality concerns in each country? Consult the WCBs to know!

The event will present the WCB findings, followed by a panel discussion on national data availability and the role of quantitative data in informing policies.

12:45    Opening. Mr. Bert Diphoorn, UN-Water

12:50    Welcome. Mr. Aaron Salzberg, United States Department of State, USA

12:55    Introduction. Ms. Karen Frenken, FAO

13:00    Major Findings of the UN-Water Country Briefs Pilot Project. Ms. Marisha Shibuya and Mr. Frederik Pischke, FAO

13:20    Discussion

             Moderator: Mr. Federico Properzi, UN-Water

  • Country Perspective: Representative of one of the 13 participating countries of the pilot project, TBC
  • Partner Perspective: Mr. John Metzger, Global Water Partnership (GWP)
  • Open Floor

13:45    Closure. Mr. Bert Diphoorn, UN-Water

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