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TitleDeep words, shallow words: an initial analysis of water discourse in four decades of UN Declarations : a UNU-INWEH contribution to Rio+20
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMount, D.C., Bielak, A.T.
PaginationVI, 39 p. : photogr.
Date Published2011-01-01
PublisherUnited Nations University, International Network on Water, Environment and Health, UNU-INWEH
Place PublishedHamilton, ON, Canada
ISSN Number92-808-6030-5
Keywordspolicies, 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.

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