Erin Webreck

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Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

Winter 2005


In 2003, during the Third World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan, Koichiro Matsuura, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (“UNESCO”), called for the creation of a World Cooperation Facility. The Facility, comprised of a network of organizations, would help resolve water conflicts and aid in transboundary water governance. Director General Matsuura’s proposal came in response to the increasingly complex and multifaceted system of global water management, a system sorely needing regulation. As transnational corporations have become involved in water privatization projects worldwide, their actions often gen- erate intense criticism from the affected local communities as well as numerous organizations around the globe.