Empowering Indonesia and the World for Global Water Security and Shared Prosperity: UNDP at the 10th World Water Forum

May 21, 2024
Citarum River Panorama

Citarum River Panorama

BALI, 21 May 2024 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), alongside its Indonesia Country Office, is playing a pivotal role in promoting sustainable water solutions at the 10th World Water Forum in Bali. Embracing the forum's theme, "Water for Shared Prosperity," UNDP is committed to ensuring equitable and sustainable access to fresh water for all.

In Indonesia, UNDP's efforts exemplify an integrated approach to addressing challenges to access to quality water. Through partnerships with the European Union and the Government of Indonesia, UNDP is promoting the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, particularly focusing on responsible water management within industries operating along the Citarum River, the longest and largest river in West Java, Indonesia.

"We've piloted a self-assessment tool with companies along the Citarum, including textile companies, where we have received positive feedback," said Norimasa Shimomura, Resident Representative of UNDP Indonesia. "We hope this tool will be adopted by more businesses to standardize and strengthen their efforts in preventing and mitigating water pollution risks, in Indonesia and beyond.”

UNDP's commitment to water security extends beyond Indonesia, encompassing 170 beneficiary countries. By embracing digitalization, innovation, and diverse financing mechanisms, UNDP seeks to catalyze progress toward equitable access to clean and sustainably managed water for all.

UNDP's extensive global water portfolio reflects its dedication, working side-by-side with governments and partners, to address water challenges across various sectors, including climate change, energy, and inclusive growth. The agency works collaboratively with governments, communities, and partners to implement data-driven solutions and foster inclusive governance for shared prosperity.

"Water is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Water spans all aspects of society, and no human has ever lived without it,” said Dr. Mary M. Matthews, UNDP Global Water Senior Technical Advisor, a.i., "We must recognize water as a vital natural resource and work together to holistically address water issues across all sectors. UNDP is committed to sharing best practices and lessons learned for water security and prosperity, and Indonesia has many valuable lessons to share."

The 10th World Water Forum provides a unique platform for UNDP to share its expertise, foster collaboration, and advocate for water as a fundamental pillar of shared prosperity. As the global integrator for water governance, UNDP is dedicated to building a water-secure future for all.

About UNDP 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN's development network, UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. For more information, visit www.undp.org.

Media contact

Devi Nugraha (Devin) Head of Communications, UNDP Indonesia devi.nugraha@undp.org (+62)8170200323