Water touches every aspect of development and flows through nearly every Sustainable Development Goal. It drives economic growth, helps ecosystems flourish and supports climate adaptation.
Delivering on such complexity and scale will always exceed the capacity or capabilities of any one individual organization, and partnerships provide a strategy and offer a platform to align the necessary resources, skills and ideas. Understanding the connections will help find equitable ways of sharing limited water resources amongst many competing demands.
Political will and skill, combined with strong, visionary leadership, can help bring together opposing interests, integrate scientific understanding into policy-making, and negotiate socially acceptable tradeoffs.
Partnerships for sustainable development can help countries to design and implement effective policy and build consensus to reach positive outcomes.