Vision, Mission and Values

The Global Water Partnership's vision is for a water secure world. Our mission is to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development.

Vision Statement 2014-2019

A water secure world is vital for a better future: a future in which there is enough water to support social development, sustainable and inclusive growth, and ecosystems. In a water secure world, we respect the intrinsic value of water and recognise its vital role in supporting human livelihoods.

A water secure world harnesses the productive power of water and minimises its destructive force. It is a world where every person has enough safe, affordable, clean water to lead a healthy and productive life. It is a world where communities are protected from floods, droughts, landslides, erosion, and water-borne diseases. Water security promotes environmental protection as well as social justice, and addresses the impacts of poor water management. All of these will become even greater challenges as climate variability increases.

A water secure world reduces poverty and improves living standards. The human right of access to clean water and sanitation are now enshrined in international law. Putting this into practice will improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable, especially women and children, who benefit most from good water governance.

We believe that an integrated approach to managing and equitably sharing the world’s limited water resources among the many different and competing uses is the best way to achieve a water secure world.

Mission Statement 2014-2019

GWP supports countries to realise our vision by helping them to advance their governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development.

Effective governance and a willingness to work together are widely accepted as the keys to solving the problem of sharing limited water resources equitably among many competing water users.

Across the world, at every stage of national development, we build understanding of the relationship between economic growth and increasing water security. We demonstrate how water security can be achieved in practice based on a firm foundation of knowledge and innovation.


GWP's core values unite the Partners and are paramount to pursuing its mission.

One important requirement for membership is that Partners agree to adhere to the core values. GWP Partners, and all GWP entities, agree to strive for inclusiveness, openness, transparency, accountability, respect, gender sensitivity, and solidarity. These are our core values. GWP expects all Partners to apply them, bringing together as wide a group of stakeholders as possible in fulfilment of our mission.

The values underpin meaningful dialogue among people with different interests and mindsets, and strengthen GWP's neutral stance and credibility. Solidarity is at the heart of GWP's development endeavours and is essential to our commitment to the poor and disadvantaged.