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CEO Water Mandate Focuses on Public Policy and Human Rights

( New York, 24 March, 2009 ) - The UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate initiative – in partnership with the Pacific Institute and WWF – convened its third working conference in Istanbul on 16 - 18 March, an event which brought companies together with civil society organizations, UN agencies, public authorities, specialized water groups, and other stakeholders.

The event, which took place at the Fifth World Water Forum, focused on the topic of "Engaging in Public Policy to Advance Sustainable Water Management by Business". The sessions featured multistakeholder panels and dialogues, which addressed issues such as water governance, stakeholder expectations, and a human rights-based approach to water stewardship.

"This event explored the ways in which companies can engage, responsibly and with accountability, in activities related to public policy around water governance", said Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact. "There is currently a general lack of understanding and shared agreement regarding the role companies can and should play in influencing water related-public policy. We hope this conference, and its related outcomes, will make a significant contribution in this regard".

The event also featured the public release of "Water Disclosure 2.0", a major study and resource presenting an analysis of current and emerging water disclosure practices, and the release of an independent review of the CEO Water Mandate, undertaken by Arthur D. Little.

A full report of the conference will published and posted on the CEO Water Mandate webpage in the coming weeks.


Gavin Power
Deputy Director
UN Global Compact