Towards sustainable and fair water Footprints

Our water footprints – the water used to produce the food, clothes and goods we consume – shape water and climate security for millions of people. 

The Glasgow Declaration for Fair Water Footprints for climate resilient, inclusive and sustainable development was launched at COP26 on 5th November 2021.

So far, 28 Signatories from governments, business and civil society have publicly committed to ensure that the water footprints over which they have control and influence will be sustainable, resilient, and fair by 2030. 

By signing up to the Declaration, Signatories must demonstrate:

  • Zero pollution 
  • Sustainable and equitable withdrawal and water use 
  • Full access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for workers 
  • Working with and protecting nature 
  • Planning for droughts and floods.

As the climate emergency escalates, we have a once in a generation opportunity to change the way we interact with water and to harness the power of our water footprints.  Together, we can drive significant positive change for many millions of people, and the environment in the next decade.

We invite you to be part of our united effort and change the way water is used for good.

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We want to change the way water is used for good. This means mobilising as many governments, businesses, investors and civil society groups as we can to help shape a more resilient, just and water-secure world.

Read the full Declaration.

Take a look at our frequently asked questions and key messages.

Take a look at the full list of signatories so far.

Tackling the Global Water Crisis: the Role of Water Footprints and Water Stewardship An introduction to the issues involved in water footprints and water stewardship


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