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Corporate water stewardship and Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals has recently been held from 25-27 September in New York.

In the context of the UN Summit, the CEO Water Mandate - in collaboration with WWF and WaterAid - has this week released the paper ‘Serving the public interest: Corporate water stewardship and sustainable development'. The paper lays out opportunities for how the business community can make a positive contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) of ‘ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’. It also presents a call to action for all sectors to play a proactive role in helping achieve SDG6.

Corporate water stewardship and the SDG6 targets

SDG6 for water and sanitation is emerging as a promising framework for action, and for measuring progress toward addressing the global water challenges. The management of water resources, development of water supplies and services, and management of waste water and pollution are all inherently linked to economic development.

“This is a rare and critical opportunity to take an integrated approach to corporate water stewardship and access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and align businesses’ water management practices with SDG6 subsidiary targets, means of implementation, and supporting indicators”, says the paper.

International WaterCentre's (IWC) contribution to water stewardship and WASH

Being at the forefront of integrated water management helping advance the WASH sector, IWC has again partnered with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian WASH Reference Group to deliver an international water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conference. WASH Futures will be held from 16-20 May 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. For more information on the program and to register, visit

As a recognised gobal leader in education, training, capacity building and applied research in integrated water management, IWC offers highly sought after online courses on various WASH topics. IWC has also been selected as an accredited provider of training in water stewardship by the global Alliance for Water Stewardship.

Visit IWC’s training page to learn more about its diverse program of online, short and custom-designed courses.


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