World Water Day 2014

Below are reports & statements issued and initiatives announced on the occasion of, or coinciding with, World Water Day 2014 on 22 March.


World Water Development Report by UN-Water 

"The World Water Development Report - 2014: Water and Energy" - announcement of the report, with video 

- Full report 


"Growing global thirst for energy threatens water supplies", Claire Provost, Guardian Global Development (UK), 21 Mar 2014
excerpt: "Growing demand for energy will put increasing pressure on the world's already strained water resources, particularly in developing and emerging economies, the UN has warned. 'There is an increasing potential for serious conflict between power generation, other water users and environmental considerations,' it says in the world water development report, published on the eve of World Water Day...Energy production accounts for close to 15% of the world's water usage, but that figure could rise...About 90% of power generation is water-intensive, says the report, which warns that less conventional oil and gas production, including via tar sands and fracking – along with biofuels – place particularly large demands...The report laments that the energy sector has "great political clout", whereas water, as an issue and an industry, often lacks influence... 

"UN Report Highlights Risks (And Rewards) At The Water-Energy Nexus", Andrew Burger, TriplePundit, 21 Mar 2014 

World Economic Forum Global Risks 2014 report 

"Water Scarcity is a Global Issue: World Economic Forum", Sangeeta Haindl, 3BL Media/JustMeans (USA), 21 Mar 2014
excerpt: "The World Economic Forum has released its Global Risks 2014 report, which takes a ten-year outlook, assessing...31 [global] risks... water...ranks as the third highest concern, illustrating a continued and growing awareness of the global water crisis as a result of mismanagement and increased competition for an already scarce resource." 

Initiatives & commentary by companies 

Aecom: "Water is life", Gary Lawrence, Chief Sustainability Officer, Aecom, 19 Mar 2014 

American Water, Caesars, FedEx: "How FedEx, Caesars, American Water tackle energy and water woes", Jennifer Gerholdt,, 21 Mar 2014 

AT&T: "How can your company help save water this World Water Day? It’s easy, and FREE", 21 Mar 2014 

Cascades: "Sound Water Management: Cascades Redefines the Boundaries", 24 Mar 2014 

Darden: "10 Ways to Make Every Day World Water Day", 20 Mar 2014 

Dow Chemical: "Dow Names Breakthrough to Global Water Challenges", 20 Mar 2014 

Ecolab: "From Challenges to Solutions: An Analysis of Water-Related Risks and Action Steps for Asia-Pacific Lodging Industry", 21 Mar 2014 

Keurig Green Mountain: "Keurig Green Mountain Funds Four Organizations with $11m Water Commitment", 20 Mar 2014 

Monsanto: "Thinking about World Water Day", 21 Mar 2014