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World Economic Forum Water Initiative, 2009

Published January 2009

This draft of a report on geopolitical water issues was released by the World Economic Forum for discussion at its 2009 Davos meeting. A follow-up to the 2008 meeting's Call to Action on Water, the report states,

"If we are to ensure sustained economic growth, human security and political stability over the next two decades, how we manage water is fast becoming an urgent political issue. While businesses and nongovernmental organizations do what they can, water has potent social, cultural and religious dimensions; it can never be viewed only as a pure economic good. Water requires government engagement in its management and reform. An unfettered reliance on markets will not deliver the social, economic and environmental outcomes needed. Good regulation in water is indispensable."

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