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Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. As a multi-stakeholder leadership initiative, it seeks to align business operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. With more than 7,000 corporate signatories in over 140 countries, it is the worlds largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative.
Over 60 Projects Posted on New "Water Action Hub"
NEW YORK, November 15, 2012 /3BL Media/ - The UN Global Compact Office today announced that 63 projects have been posted on the CEO Water Mandate's "Water Action Hub" since it was launched in August 2012 -- surpassing internal expectations and reinforcing the need for an international platform to showcase water stewardship initiatives and "match-make" organizations on collective-action projects within specific river basins.
The projects span virtually all continents and are being led by or involve a range of stakeholders -- including corporations, civil society organizations, and public authorities. The projects focus on issues as diverse as improving water governance within a specific watershed; restoring ecosystems; improving access to water and sanitation within a community; and raising awareness on the importance of water conservation. The projects encompass numerous river basins around the world, including the Colorado; Amazon; Orange-Senqu; and Yangtze.
"We are extremely encouraged that the Water Action Hub is generating so much interest in just its initial launch phase", said Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact and Head of the CEO Water Mandate. "Our hope is that more and more stakeholders around the world will utilize the Hub and invite other organizations to engage with them on meaningful, high-impact projects and initiatives in river basins where needs are the greatest".
The Water Action Hub was developed by the CEO Water Mandate in partnership with the Pacific Institute; GIZ; the International Business Leaders Forum; and Deloitte.
"The primary purpose of the Hub is to provide an enabling platform that assists stakeholders in efficiently identifying potential collaborators and engaging with them in water-related collective action projects", said Jason Morrison, Program Director of the Pacific Institute and Technical Director of the CEO Water Mandate. "The concept of 'water stewardship' encompasses the idea that global water challenges demand collective action -- the Hub was created to help respond to this imperative".
The Water Action Hub employs map-based analytics in order to site specific projects and to provide detail on individual river basins. The Hub is organized around 12 major water-related action areas, including climate change adaptation; efficient water use; improved water governance; and sustainable agriculture. The Hub is designed as a public good and is therefore open to any organization interested in action-oriented projects designed to advance water sustainability objectives.