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The Sustainable Development Goals highlight the importance that the global community places on water and there is increasing demand for innovative and effective approaches to water management. With widespread competing demands on water, maintaining environmental sustainability and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable members of society must both be addressed. The OECD provides policy guidance on water to OECD members and non-OECD countries, covering a wide range of issues.

The established Roundtable on Financing Water aims to accelerate action to scale-up financing for water investment which contributes to sustainable growth.

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Working Paper: Trends in water-related technological innovation - Insights from patent data l 7 April 2020

Event: OECD Workshop on Microplastics from Tyre Wear: Knowledge, Mitigation Measures, and Policy Options l 18 - 20 May 2020

World Water Day: Statement by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría l 22 March 2020

Event: OECD Workshop on Microplastics from Synthetic Textiles in the Environment: Knowledge, Mitigation and Policy l 11 February 2020

Event: Fifth meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Water l 26-27 November 2019

Interview with OECD’s Xavier Leflaive: as part of Aqua Publica Europea’s new report 'The Public Water Services of the Future' (see pages: 53-55)


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