Urbanisation

Urbanisation

Cities consume 75% of the world’s natural resources and 80% of the global energy supply.

By 2050, roughly 6.4 billion people will live in a city, and demand for water will have increased by 55 percent. Cities power economic development and water security can seriously undermine this. Cities need to take steps to connect to their basins and enable water management institutions to make investments to secure water quantity and quality and mitigate flood risks.

Projects

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Inclusive Sanitation

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Regulating for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation

Rallying service providers and regulators for joint action...

Water Safety Planning

Humanity cannot thrive and survive without water. Cities cannot function without water. A simple, but powerful reality. ...

Sanitation for and by Nature

Guidance on evidence-based practices for improved sanitation, water security and ecological health, with a focus on natu...

New Urban Agenda

How to Respond to the Commitments and Call for Action of the New Urban Agenda? The New Urban Agenda (NUA) is the outc...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

April 13, 2022
Population growth, urbanization and persistent drought are straining water resources in various regions around the world, while pollution and contamination comp...
October 14, 2021
To mark Global Handwashing Day on 15 October, Léo Heller, former UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, writes about the human righ...
September 30, 2020
Water Stewardship: License to operate? After 200 years of industrialisation where water was used rather thoughtlessly and our natural resources and environment ...
March 6, 2020
“We cannot solve our problem with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein We’ve all heard about thinking out of the box… But it...

News / Events

August 26, 2022
With the World Water Congress & Exhibition taking place on 11-15 September, the International Water Association is pleased to announce Rohit T. “Rit”...
August 22, 2022
Sanitation project in Warangal City, India, courtesy ASCI The International Water Association is launching a dedicated campaign – SanitAction – calling for ...
March 22, 2022
Around the world, there remains a great disparity in many people’s access to clean water and basic sanitation. World Water Day brings attention to these ever-...
October 19, 2021
The Regulating for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Call to Action is now available in Czech and Portuguese. For more information, please visit the CWIS project pa...