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Towards IRWS - Global Consultation

   About the global consultation

In the 4th quarter of 2009, national statistical agencies from all countries, as well as other interested parties, were invited to send comments to UNSD on a draft version of the International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS). Prior to this global consultation, the IRWS went through several rigorous stages of drafting and expert consultation, including extensive review and discussion with international and national experts. This process included:

-Review of the first draft of Part I of the IRWS by a reference group (July-August 2008)
-Review of a revised draft of Part I and first draft of Part II by the Expert Group on Water Statistics (November 2008)
-Review issue papers on selected issues identified by the Expert Group Meeting (first half of 2009)
-Review revised and complete draft of the IRWS by the Expert Group (July-August 2009)

Progress on the drafting of the IRWS was reported regularly to the United Nations Statistical Commission via the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA).

   Reference documents
2009 Draft version of IRWS for global consultation
Template for comments

Documents prepared for the Expert Group Meeting on International Recommendations for Water Statistics, 4-6 November 2008, New York, USA

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