The blue economy is a major driver of urban and regional development. In coastal cities, the blue economy provides jobs for millions of people, including in the nautical sector, bio-marine research or blue technologies.
With mounting pressures on water resources from climate, urbanisation and demographic trends in Africa, more partnerships between national and local leaders are needed. Mayors in particular now need to turn the key to unlock the development of better water policies for better lives.
Water is one of our most precious resources. How we manage it matters. Despite some progress, the role of women in water decision-making remains marginal. Making the water sector more gender-balanced, and involving more women in water decision-making could help make water management more effective, more equitable and more sustainable.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, Ministers, experts and other high-level speakers join us this week for OECD Water Days (22-26 March) where we will examine the implications for water security from a regional perspective, during sessions on water governance in Africa (24 March), Latin America and the Caribbean (25 March), and Asia-Pacific (26 March).