CEO Water Mandate Issues Conference Report
New York, 24 September 2009
) -- The UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, in partnership
with the Pacific Institute, today released the summary report of the initiative's fourth working
conference, which took place in Stockholm on 16-18 August -- an event that drew nearly 100 water
experts and practitioners from business, civil society, the public sector and other interests.
The conference featured a general public-information briefing of the CEO Water Mandate,
followed by two multi-stakeholder working sessions focusing on three themes: responsible corporate
engagement in public policy; water and human rights; and water disclosure. The conference also
included an endorsers meeting to discuss current workstreams and administrative and financial
issues relating to the initiative, in addition to a briefing on a joint UNEP-Mandate water
"This conference featured extremely active discussions between business, civil society and
other stakeholders on a number of crucial water-related issues", said Gavin Power, Deputy Director
of the UN Global Compact. "The issues addressed -- including public policy and human rights -- are
highly complex and also quite sensitive. The Mandate will continue its tradition of involving the
widest possible array of stakeholders as it seeks to make positive business and societal
contributions in these areas".
In addition to establishing a working group focused on a rights-based approach to water
stewardship, the Mandate is in the process of developing a "Guide on Business Engagement with Water
Policy and Management".
from Fourth Working Conference of the CEO Water Mandate
UN Global Compact