National Policy Dialogues (NPDs) are the main operational instrument under the European Union Water Initiative in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The objective of NPDs is to facilitate the reform of water policies in a particular country. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe is the strategic partner for NPDs on Integrated Water Resources Management; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is the strategic partner for NPDs on Water Supply and Sanitation; it works on the economic and financial dimension of water policies as well.
This publication provides an overview of the objectives and current status of NPDs in participating countries, as well as plans for their future development. It is addressed to governmental authorities, regional institutions for water cooperation, NGOs and other stakeholders, as well as international organizations and agencies active in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It may also be of interest beyond the subregion, as the experience of conducting the policy dialogues can potentially be valuable for the development and implementation of water policies in other regions.
The publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.