Dublin Principles

The 1992 Dublin Conference established four guiding principles for managing freshwater resources: The Dublin principles state that: (1) Water is a finite and vulnerable resource, essential to sustain life, development and the environment; (2) Water development and management should be based on a participatory approach, involving users, planners and policymakers, at all levels; (3) Women play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water; (4) Water has an economic value in all its competing uses and should be recognised as an economic good (United Nations Publication, 2013).


United Nations Publications. "Glossary of Shared Water Resources (English-Arabic): Technical, Socioeconomic and Legal Terminology." (2013). DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.18356/70b462ce-en