Best Ethical Practice in Water Use
The examples of best practice in this booklet illustrate the efforts made throughout the world to fill the gap between the promise contained in the right to water and the need for wider coverage of basic water services as clearly articulated at the 3rd World Water Forum, held in Kyoto in March 2003.
Best Ethical Practice in Water UseEnglish | Français

"UNESCO is demonstrating its continuing and abiding interest in promoting best ethical practice throughout the world, in facilitating communication between all stakeholders concerned by fresh water issues. The examples described in this publication do not purport to be authoritative discussion on the basis of ethical principles involved. Rather, they aim at providing a context for a wide-ranging dialogue between various disciplines from the natural sciences to the social ones. A dialogue process is the most effective way to redefine rights and responsibilities, and to improve coordination with the various players. Rather than fastidious debates, it seemed more appropriate to highlight in blue the ethical principles that steered the practices provided in this publication – a colour symbolizing peace and health brought by sufficient safe water provision, and the colour of the United Nations system."

John Selborne
Chair, COMEST Sub-Commission on the Ethics of Freshwater Use

Publication Date 19 Mar 2004