Integrated water resources management is a long-standing paradigm that needs to be reaffirmed and strengthened in light of current environmental changes and new development priorities at the international level. A review of progress toward internationally agreed goals related to water provides information on four areas of action that require increased attention. Further, the analysis of pathways taken so far helps to understand why some goals have not been achieved and what role the different levels of governance play in the transition to sustainable development.

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