2030 WRG in the News

Faruque Hassan, Bangladesh 2030 WRG’s Steering Committee member, appointed Honorary Consul General of Greece

News source: Prothom Alo

Mr. Faruque Hassan, a member of Bangladesh 2030 WRG’s Steering Committee, was recently appointed by the Government of Greece as the Honorary Consul General of Greece in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Mr. Hassan, who is currently the Managing Director of Giant Group, is an iconic figure in Bangladesh’s garment industry. He aspires to make Bangladesh’s readymade-garment (RMG) industry a role model of green industrialization and has played a crucial role in promoting sustainability in the RMG industry in Bangladesh.

As the co-chair of the Steering Committee of Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)—a joint project of the International Finance Corporate (IFC) and BGMEA—Mr. Hassan has been working to help reduce the water footprint of the textile industry in Bangladesh.

Since the time Mr. Hassan became a member of Bangladesh 2030 WRG’s Steering Committee, he has been a strong supporter of 2030 WRG’s work to improve water resources management in Bangladesh.

Read more here.

Tackling South Africa’s Water Challenges Through Innovative Partnerships

News source: NEPAD Business Foundation

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If South Africa maintains a “business-as-usual” approach to water resources management, it will face a 17% gap between water demand and supply by 2030. This supply-and-demand gap can damage economic growth and derail efforts to bring clean water and sanitation to its poorest communities.

The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG)—through South Africa’s Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN)—has been facilitating collaborative action between South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation, the private sector, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders to address their common water challenges.

This innovative approach to addressing water security issues was recognized during the Partnership for Growth (P4G) Summit in Copenhagen, which took place on October 19 and 20, 2018. SWPN was one of the three partnerships that earned a 2018 State-of-the-Art Partnership of the Year Award. Nick Tandi, Africa 2030 WRG’s regional coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of SWPN. During the summit, Mr. Tandi addressed an audience of over 500 delegates hailing from different countries around the world, and spoke specifically about the need for stakeholders in South Africa to co-create solutions for South Africa’s imminent water challenges.

Read SWPN’s news release here.

WEF Summit Sep18

2030 WRG side event at the Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit

October, 2018 – At the recent World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit, held at the end of September in New York, 2030 WRG organized a side-event that served as an opportunity to showcase the work and impact of 2030 WRG through partners’ stories.

Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President Sustainable Development, offered some remarks on the positioning of water in the 4IR space, the importance of pushing advancements in water, harnessing disruption and exponential change and accelerating demand-side management through value-chains to make impact.

Opportunities for collaboration and scale

She was followed by Bea Perez, Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at The Coca Cola Company, who offered insights into the benefits to the multi-stakeholder approach, and involvement into 2030 WRG. Shamima Akhter, Sustainability Head for Coca Cola in Bangladesh, then spoke in more detail about her experiences at the country-level, in Bangladesh, working alongside 2030 WRG Steering Board partners. She spoke about agricultural challenges, coordination challenges, and opportunities for collaboration and scale.

ABInBev Director of Water Sustainability, Andre Fourie, then shared his experience with embedding innovation in collaborative water management, specifically in Africa.  Minister Gugile Nkwinti from the Water and Sanitation Department of South Africa, subsequently shared how from a government-standpoint, we need to leverage public, private and civil society partnerships altogether, to tackle the challenges from the front-lines, against a backdrop of economic growth, policies and frameworks that support transformation at scale, and valuing water.

WEF Summit Sep18_2Changes in government

Mercedes Castro, Peru 2030 WRG partnership Steering Committee Chair, CEO of Agualimpia NGO, and former Peru sherpa to the UN High Level Panel on Water, then explained how best to deal with realities on the ground, including changes in governments, as we have recently witnessed in the case of Peru. She shared how the Peru collaboration has elevated the MSP to a high-level decision making body where many other decisions are taken now as well as the platform proved to be versatile in its delivery and mechanism and a great, neutral place where relevant stakeholders can come together to talk about concrete projects.

Manual Sager, Director-General for the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), finally shared with the participants how he sees 2030 WRG as incubators for such 4IR and technological innovative projects, to test and showcase how successful projects can be replicated and scaled for transformative impact.

Overcoming obstacles

Moderator, Jane Nelson, Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, then led the discussion on overcoming obstacles in transforming value chains, how 4IR can help reduce demand for water, thereby ensuring communities and the environment have sustainable water, how collective action can achieve impact at scale and how to ensure that inequalities are not deepened more in society.

El Comercio: “Una buena práctica del Perú en Harvard”, por Beatriz Merino [Spanish only]

El modelo desarrollado por 2030 WRG que la Harvard Kennedy School publica es promisorio. Si se puede demostrar que funciona en el sector hídrico, es indudable que existe un enorme potencial

Beatriz Merino
NEWS SOURCE: El Comercio

Desde hace unos meses me encuentro en la Universidad de Harvard, realizando un Programa Internacional de Liderazgo Avanzado.

He advertido desde aquí, con orgullo, como Harvard Kennedy School, su renombrada Escuela de Gobierno, observa con particular interés y publica un estudio sobre una plataforma de actores múltiples que existe en el Perú y que está abocada a apoyar a los gobiernos a acelerar reformas sostenibles en torno al agua. Tengo el honor, además, de formar parte del Consejo Directivo en el Perú de esta iniciativa llamada 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG). El Perú es uno de los 11 países en los que está presente.

¿Cuál es la clave? En mi percepción, 2030 WRG ha ejecutado una metodología eficaz. Ha logrado propiciar y poner en práctica aquello que parece necesario en toda transformación social: el diálogo constructivo. Para legitimarlo ha recurrido a otro principio fundamental: el involucramiento de todos los sectores atañidos de la sociedad, compleja tarea en un tema como la gestión del agua, convocando y motivando a actores clave y con capacidad de toma de decisión. Y un elemento final e indispensable del método: una rigurosa base de evidencias y análisis.


Pacific Institute: Collective Action Toward Water Security in Brazil

NEWS SOURCE: Pacific Institute

Collective Action Toward Water Security in Brazil

By Abbey Warner and Giuliana Chaves Moreira
March 29, 2018


This year, the Global Compact Brazil Network and the CEO Water Mandate organized an event to bring together the Brazilian private sector, government, NGOs, and other organizations seeking to address water risks in Brazil to discuss water security challenges and solutions. The event, titled “Collaboration for Water Security in Brazil,” took place on March 19, in parallel with the 8th World Water Forum in Brasília, Brazil.


One significant outcome of the event was the partnership announced between the Global Compact Brazil Net, the CEO Water Mandate, and the 2030 Water Resources Group in São Paulo. Since mid-2017, the 2030 Water Resources Group has been working to advance water security in São Paulo through projects to reuse effluents from domestic sewage treatment stations and projects to improve the performance of sanitation services in small and medium-sized municipalities. The partnership formed during the 8th World Water Forum event will focus on advancing water security in Brazil through water reuse and the circular economy.

It will take coordinated action from a variety of stakeholders, including the private sector, government, and civil society, to meaningfully advance water security in Brazil. The Water Action Hub provides companies and others with the ability to connect to projects happening near them or find potential partners for future water stewardship action.


“Why the answer to water insecurity is working together”

Davos, Switzerland – 25 Jan 2018

This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting and is written by Elsa Galarza Contreras, Ministry of Environment of Peru and Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Water insecurity poses one of the greatest risks and leadership challenges of our generation. It threatens the well-being and livelihoods of millions of people. It has started to undermine food, energy and industrial production and damage economic growth prospects in many countries. It raises the spectre of failing systems, large-scale involuntary migration, political instability and conflict.

Demand for water is expected to exceed supply by 40% by 2030. New technologies, financing mechanisms, delivery models, voluntary standards and policy and regulatory innovations will be required to address this growing gap. Governments must take the lead in enabling these activities and making tough choices to allocate water resources among different uses and users. To be effective, however, they will need to consult and cooperate more strategically with stakeholders in business and civil society.

In the absence of such collaboration, it will be impossible to achieve the type of technical, behavioral and political changes that are needed to improve water governance at global and national levels, as well as in water management and local use. The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) demonstrates what is possible.

The 2030 WRG was established in 2008 as an informal consortium of some of the World Economic Forum’s members, including the IFC, McKinsey & Company, the Barilla Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé, New Holland Agriculture, SABMiller, Standard Chartered Bank and Syngenta. Today, it has evolved into a multidimensional, public-private partnership with country-led implementation platforms at its core. Hosted by the World Bank Group, its mission is “to help countries achieve water security by 2030 by facilitating collective action between government, the private sector and civil society”.

Through multistakeholder platforms in 14 countries and states, some 600 organizations from different sectors are working together on projects and policy reforms with support from the 2030 WRG team. They range from operational projects, such as agricultural, industrial and municipal water use efficiency, to strategic initiatives, such as urban-industrial security and river basin governance.

The collaborative approach has helped to build trusted relationships between different sectors as well as across silos within government and industry. In Peru, for example, five ministers serve on the country’s WRG steering board. The highest levels of government have made commitments in Bangladesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. In South Africa and Mongolia, agricultural, mining and manufacturing companies are cooperating individually and through industry associations. Efforts are underway to increase engagement with civil society organizations, farmers and citizens.

The evolution of the 2030 WRG has not been without setbacks and challenges. Some initiatives have been disbanded and others adapted in response to changes in leadership, external evaluations and shared experimentation and learning. As 2030 WRG approaches its 10th anniversary, the model reflects five early lessons for leaders working on water security and other complex, systemic challenges:

  1. Government in the lead: The multistakeholder approach offers an alternative to what has primarily been a public sector role when ultimate responsibility still rests with government. A core priority of the approach is to help address the capacity gaps and overcome the political constraints that many governments face in managing water resources effectively and transparently.
  2. Local ownership and collaboration from business and civil society: Greater inclusion and decision-making by local business and civic leaders have been essential in identifying shared priorities, designing feasible solutions and creating the incentives and buy-in needed for implementation.
  3. A combined focus on data and analysis, stakeholder dynamics and the political economy of change: The 2030 WRG has learned the importance of balancing rigorous data and a technical understanding of water challenges with an appreciation of the institutional and political context. In addition to highlighting water security as a potential constraint on economic growth, it considers social and environmental concerns to generate a sense of shared urgency among diverse stakeholder interests.
  4. Strong ‘backbone support’: A challenge of many multistakeholder platforms is that they unite parties who are at best unfamiliar and at worst distrustful of each other. Backbone support from a team that has the ability to stimulate, coordinate and support collaboration among such parties is essential. It requires a combination of technical expertise alongside the ability to think long-term, live with uncertainty, and learn and adapt along the way.
  5. Vital roles for individual champions: Individual leaders have been essential to the evolution of the 2030 WRG. They have ranged from government ministers to corporate CEOs and practitioners from the participating organizations. Many have taken real, personal risk, investing their time, effort, influence, networks and, in some cases, reputation as vocal supporters for a collective effort they do not control and the outcomes of which are uncertain.

The 2030 WRG offers a promising approach to tackling the complex, systemic challenges of achieving water security and resolving shortages in the world’s most essential resource. If it can demonstrate the effectiveness of systems leadership and collaboration in the water sector, there will be enormous potential for this kind of approach to have a broader role in expediting progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

This draws on the findings of a report on the 2030 Water Resources Group published by the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.

Read or download the executive summary here >>

Read or download the full report here >>

The Mongolian Mining Journal: Interview with 2030 WRG Mongolia Representative Dorjsuren Dechinlkhundev

NEWS SOURCE: The Mongolian Mining Journal 

Group studies the economics of water, and is worried

Mongolia has two major water consumption areas – Ulaanbaatar and the southern Gobi region. The first has population pressure, while the second is where mining and economic activity will become more and more intense. The 2030 Water Resources Group recently conducted a hydro-economic survey of the two areas, and its reports on them contain water consumption growth forecasts, potential water resource availability, and such questions of supply and demand.

Read the interview with 2030 WRG Mongolia Representative Dorjsuren Dechinlkhundev on the Mongolian Mining Journal:



Press coverage: Government of Maharashtra Partners with 2030WRG to Launch the State’s First ‘Multi-Stakeholder Platform’ for Transformative Solutions in Water Resources Management

Below is a list of online articles that covered the launch of Maharashtra’s ‘Multi-Stakeholder Platform’ for Transformative Solutions in Water Resources Management:


  1. http://www.uniindia.com/mah-govt-join-hands-with-wrg-to-launch-multi-stakeholder-platform/other/news/953745.html
  2. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-maharashtra-to-get-1-billion-funding-for-drought-proofing-2523631
  3. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/excess-sugarcane-water-to-be-diverted-for-jowar-tur/articleshow/59961001.cms
  4. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/maharashtra-to-raise-270-m-from-green-climate-fund/article9805968.ece
  5. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/maha-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch-117080701326_1.html
  6. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-maha-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch-2522291
  7. https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/maha-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch/1118536
  8. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/maha-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch/1/1021005.html
  9. http://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/maharashtra-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch/1117791
  10. http://currentaffairs.adda247.com/2017/08/maharashtra-to-raise-270-m-from-green.html
  11. https://currentaffairs.gktoday.in/tags/2030-water-resources-group
  12. http://currentaffairs.adda247.com/2017/08/maharashtra-to-raise-270-m-from-green.html
  13. http://m.dailyhunt.in/news/india/english/business+world-epaper-bizworld/we+need+to+ensure+farmers+have+access+to+water+and+they+use+it+efficiently-newsid-71464022
  14. https://mumbainewsnetwork.blogspot.in/2017/08/government-of-maharashtra-partners-with.html
  15. http://thecsrjournal.in/2030-water-resources-group/
  16. http://news.greenecosystem.in/maha-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch/


Gestion: A Certificate that leaves a trace

News source: GESTION newspaper

By Beatriz Merino

I was recently invited to attend the handing over of the first Blue Certificate – an innovative state program promoting the voluntary water footprint measuring of private companies. Specifically
this footprint is an indicator that defines the total amount of water used to produce goods and services. Interestingly it takes into consideration both the direct and indirect consumption in the whole productive process. Thus, namely a cup of coffee entails the utilization of 140 liters of water and making a cotton shirt 500 liters of it. That’s its water footprint.

The mentioned Certificate of the National Water Authority (ANA for its acronym in Spanish)
promotes that the companies know about the water consumption and its processes and by doing so, they commit to the necessary actions in order to reduce it. I frequently hear mentioning that it’s difficult to know how to contribute to the preservation of nature and its resources. Here is a so very tangible initiative for this. It’s simple, efficient, accurate and available.

We know the reasons why it’s so imperative to take care of the water. However, beyond saving and preserving it, this venture turns out to be particularly valuable for the commitment that involves these companies assignment with the sustainable management of the resources, and that is remarkable.

Within the complex reality as it is ours (Lima is a desert) for the water resources management and in a complex scenario after El Niño, it’s rewarding to spot how some initiatives are emerging, which for their simplicity and scalability call up several sectors of the society and have them come together, such as: the state, the private sector, and the international cooperation.

This program that is supported by the 2030 Water Resources Group’s Board of Directors in Peru aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, to the OCDE’s water governance, but above all, it shares the government vision to count on safe water and to achieve a water and sanitation supply for all the Peruvians towards year 2021.

We already have one first company with the Blue Certificate in hand, and eight on their way to get
it. From here, I encourage other companies to get involved and to participate. It’s good to recall
Antoine de Saint Exupéry: “the essential is invisible to the eye”.

Troubled Waters: A Multi-Stakeholder Vision to Rejuvenate the Hindon


News Source: Terra Green (July 2017)

Over the past few decades, man has made all possible attempts to conquer the rivers by blocking them off with long embankments, dams, barrages, channels, crossroads, short-length bridges, and physical structures, all leading to deteriorating river conditions. People, unaware of the dire consequences, have treated rivers as a means of dumping all kinds of garbage. Biba Jasmine and Annelieke Laninga feel that River Harnandi (Hindon) is no exception to these atrocities! They highlight that given the gravity of the situation, various approaches towards rejuvenating the Hindon River are adopting ecological measures (particularly, the ‘Hindon Yatra’ exhibition and symposium series) that aim to effectively stall deterioration and reduce pollution.

With the aim to involve stakeholders from different backgrounds in reviving the Hindon river basin, a ‘Hindon Yatra’ exhibition and symposium series was initiated by the 2030 WRG and its partners. The aim was to endorse a common vision and demonstrate good practices to inspire and motivate actors from all sectors to prepare a basin-wide action plan with positive action towards collectively achieving a healthy river basin.