At its birth in 1996, GWP took its guiding principles from the Dublin and Rio statements of 1992. The Dublin Statement on Water and Sustainable Development was agreed at the International Conference on Water and the Environment (ICWE), on 26-31 January 1992, a preparatory meeting of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) to be held later that year. The Dublin Statement, which included four principles on water, was submitted to the UNCED in Rio de Janeiro, 3-14 June 1992, also known as The Earth Summit. Hence the name, Dublin-Rio principles. GWP adapted and elaborated these principles to reflect an international understanding of the “equitable and efficient management and sustainable use of water”

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