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The Human Right to Water

  • Water Service Disconnections in California

    Published: October 2018 Authors: Laura Feinstein and Abbey Warner Pages: 4 When a person fails to pay their water utility bill, their water service can be disconnected. Lack of water in the home compromises...»

  • Measuring Progress Toward Universal Access to Water and Sanitation in California: Defining Goals, Indicators, and Performance Measures

    Published: September 2018 Author: Laura Feinstein Pages: 73 In 2012, California’s Human Right to Water was passed, calling for safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water for all citizens. Yet while this statute has served...»

  • State of the Salton Sea – A Science and Monitoring Meeting of Scientists for the Salton Sea

    Published: January 19, 2017 Authors: Douglas A. Barnum, Timothy Bradley, Michael Cohen, Bruce Wilcox, and Gregor Yanega Pages: 32 The Salton Sea (Sea) is an ecosystem facing large systemic changes in the near future....»

  • Serving the Public Interest: Corporate Water Stewardship and Sustainable Development

    In 2000, when the UN agreed to the eight global goals known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the relationship between environmental issues and sustainable development was not prominently featured. Today, a wider group...»

  • Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

    The first comprehensive guidance for companies about how to meet their responsibility to respect the human rights to water and sanitation was launched today by the United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate -...»

  • Insights into Proposition 1: The 2014 California Water Bond

    With the state facing serious and deepening water challenges, voters on November 4th will be asked whether to approve Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. The ballot measure...»

  • Shared Water Challenges and Interests

    A new discussion paper from the CEO Water Mandate and WWF makes the case for private sector engagement in water policy - responding to the question of whether such strategies truly advance the public...»

  • Guide to Water-Related Collective Action

    The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative has released the Guide to Water-Related Collective Action, which provides a step-by-step approach to water-resource-related collective action. The Guide, finalized after a year of testing and...»

  • Assessing Water Affordability

    A new pilot study in California shows many households, even within affluent communities, routinely spend over the affordability threshold of 2 percent of their household income on their water bill. The number of water...»

  • Global Water Governance in the 21st Century

    Global Water Governance in the 21st Century

    Growing pressure on global water resources is having major impacts on our social, economic, and environmental well-being. But despite growing recognition that the world’s water-related challenges extend beyond national and regional boundaries, there has...»

  • Community Resilience Fact Sheets Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change Impacts

    As Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina have taught us, climate change is a global process with very localized impacts that can profoundly affect community health and quality of life. These localized impacts, ranging from extreme...»

  • Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship

    Expectations that business will respect, and in some cases support or help fulfill, internationally recognized human rights have increased over the past decade. Businesses have recognized the importance of effective management systems in responding...»

  • A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy

    In the new book A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy, published by Oxford University Press, Pacific Institute researchers present clear and readable analysis and recommendations for a new federal water policy to confront our...»

  • Water as a Casualty of Conflict: Threats to Business and Society in High-Risk Areas

    While much research has been produced in recent years on how water use and pollution can exacerbate conflict, a new report focuses more broadly on the ways conflict and high-risk situations can affect water...»

  • mWASH: Mobile Phone Applications for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector

    Billions of the world’s poor still lack access to basic water and sanitation services, yet many of them can count mobile phones among their possessions. Water and sanitation practitioners have begun to tap the...»

  • Multiple-Use Water Services (MUS): Recommendations for a Robust and Sustainable Approach

    A new report from the Pacific Institute examines Multiple-Use Water Services (MUS), a water-provision and management approach that has emerged as a way to realize the poverty alleviation potential of water projects. By connecting...»

  • Strategies for Water Security in Developing Country Cities: Building Resilience in the Urban Water Sector

    Thousands of cities in the developing world face rising pressures on water provision due to population growth and urbanization, and climate change worsens these impacts. Coordinating the formal and informal water sectors, improving water...»

  • The Human Costs of Nitrate-contaminated Drinking Water in the San Joaquin Valley

    While most Californians take for granted that safe water is readily available at the turn of a tap, a growing number of communities, primarily in the San Joaquin Valley and other agricultural areas of...»

  • The CEO Water Mandate: Sixth Working Conference

    The CEO Water Mandate Sixth Working Conference November 14-17, 2010 Cape Town, South Africa MEETING SUMMARY […] Key Objectives  Share information on how to implement effective and responsible partnerships on water  Bring...»

  • The CEO Water Mandate: Human Right to Water

    In July 2010, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) recognized access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right. Two months later, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) affirmed this right by a...»

  • Pacific Institute Analyzes the 2010 California Water Bond

    At the end of 2009, a series of water-related bills was passed by the California Legislature, with the intent of moving the state out of decades of gridlock over water resource management. Simultaneously, the...»

  • Framework for Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy

    Access to water is an important strategic concern for many companies, but increased threats to the supply, quality, and reliability of global water resources add substantial pressure and immediacy for businesses to improve the...»

  • Clearing the Waters: A Focus on Water Quality Solutions

    Every day, 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are poured into the world’s waters. The result is that more people die from unsafe water annually than from all forms of...»

  • Climate Change and Transboundary Waters

    Global climate change will increase the risk of conflict over shared international freshwater resources. Treaties and other cross-border agreements can help reduce those risks, but existing agreements are inadequate for dealing with the impacts...»

  • The CEO Water Mandate: Fourth Working Conference

    In July 2007, the UN Secretary-General in partnership with international business leaders and under the auspices of the UN Global Compact launched the CEO Water Mandate – an initiative established to better understand and...»

  • The CEO Water Mandate 3rd Working Conference

    In July 2007, the UN Secretary-General, in partnership with international business leaders and under the auspices of the UN Global Compact, launched The CEO Water Mandate – an initiative established to better understand and...»

  • CEO Water Mandate: Footprint to Public Policy

    In response to growing concerns of water scarcity and unchecked water consumption, the concept of “water footprint” has been drawing attention among businesses, policy makers, and the public over the last few years. Originally...»

  • Water Scarcity and Climate Change: Growing Risks for Businesses and Investors

    Global climate change is exacerbating water scarcity problems around the world, yet few businesses and investors are paying attention to this growing financial threat, according to a report by the Pacific Institute and Ceres.

  • CEO Water Mandate 2nd Working Conference

    Recognizing the urgency with respect to addressing the emerging global water crisis, the UN Secretary-General, in partnership with a number of international business leaders, launched in July 2007 a new initiative – The CEO...»

  • A Review of Decision-Making Support Tools in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector

    While more than a billion people lack safe water and 2.6 billion lack access to sanitation worldwide, numerous technologies and approaches already exist to provide access to clean water, safe sanitation, and hygiene education....»

  • The Human Right to Water

    More than a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Two and a half billion people live without access to adequate sanitation systems necessary to reduce exposure to water-related diseases. The failure of...»

  • Bottled Water and Energy Fact Sheet

    The growing consumption of bottled water raises questions about the product’s economic and environmental costs. Among the most significant concerns are the resources required to produce the plastic bottles and to deliver filled bottles...»

  • Water and Terrorism

    The importance of freshwater and water infrastructure to human and ecosystem health and to the smooth functioning of a commercial and industrial economy makes water and water systems targets for terrorism. The chance that...»

  • Remaining Drops: Freshwater Resources a Global Issue

    Published: January 2006 Authors: Nick Cashmore, Peter Gleick, Jason Morrison, James Newcomb, Todd Harrington Pages: 44 Corporations and institutional investors face new risks and challenges relating to water. Uninterrupted access to reliable, affordable and...»

  • Freshwater and Foreign Policy: New Challenges

    By Peter Gleick Today, billions of people around the world lack water and sanitation services that many in ancient Greece and Rome took for granted — and the U.S. lacks any kind of coherent...»

  • After the Asian Tsunami Disaster, Water Crisis Will Remain

    By Peter H. Gleick This essay was originally printed in The San Francisco Chronicle on January 5, 2005. The tragedy that has unfolded over the past week in Asia reminds us of the power...»

  • Economies of Scale and Scope in River Basin Management

    Published: November 15, 2004 Author: Gary Wolff New approaches to water planning, like Integrated Water Resources Management, are growing in popularity, but have often gotten bogged down, or even been abandoned, because stakeholders don’t...»

  • The Myth and Reality of Bottled Water

    Published: November 12, 2004 Author: Peter Gleick Sales and consumption of bottled water have skyrocketed in recent years. From 1988 to 2002, the sales of bottled water globally have more than quadrupled to over...»

  • Public or Private Water Management?

    Published: January 10, 2004 Authors: Gary Wolff, Meena Palaniappan Public or Private Water Management? Cutting the Gordian Knot ‘‘Public versus private’’ is not the bright line that separates efficient from inefficient management. Like Alexander...»

  • Dirty Water: Estimated Deaths from Water Related Diseases 2000-2020

    Published: August 15, 2002 Author: Peter Gleick Pages: 12 76 Million Could Perish From Water-Related Disease by 2020 Death Toll From Global Water Crisis Could Exceed Deaths From AIDS  Over 76 million people will...»

  • Threats to the World’s Freshwater Resources

    Published: November 10, 2001 Authors: Peter Gleick, A. Singh, H. Shi Pages: 64 As we move into the 21st century, water managers and policymakers must face new threats to the world’s freshwater resources. These...»

  • The World’s Water: 2000-2001

    Published: June 1, 2001 Author: Peter Gleick The second volume of The World’s Water contains new chapters on global water use projections, international river basins, the complex connections between water and food production, desalination,...»

  • Basic Water Requirements for Human Activities: Meeting Basic Needs

    Published: July 9, 1999 Author: Peter Gleick Pages: 10 The Human Right to Water More than one billion people in the developing world lack access to safe drinking water and 10,000 to 20,000 people die every...»

  • The Human Right to Water

    Published: April 1999 Author: Peter Gleick Pages: 15 Abstract More than a billion people in the developing world lack safe drinking water – an amenity those in the developed world take for granted. Nearly three...»