|Title||Deep words, shallow words: an initial analysis of water discourse in four decades of UN Declarations : a UNU-INWEH contribution to Rio+20|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Mount, D.C., Bielak, A.T.|
|Pagination||VI, 39 p. : photogr.|
|Publisher||United Nations University, International Network on Water, Environment and Health, UNU-INWEH|
|Place Published||Hamilton, ON, Canada|
|Keywords||policies, sanitation, united nations organizations, water resources management|
This paper presents a comparative analysis of how issues related to water have been represented in significant U.N. Declarations related to water and environment between 1972 and 2010. It analyses the discourse of water by assessing instances in which certain key words attain more or less depth of meaning and examines how this is achieved. The following keywords were chosen: water scarcity; water security; desertification; water quality; sanitation; science & technology (S&T); poverty; gender; food; climate change; and health. The authors provide suggestions drawn from their analysis of some of the most effective strategies for highlighting and strengthening key concepts.