I don't know yet whether I'm pleased or not, but I do know that I'm excited-more excited than I've ever been in my life, except perhaps when Miss Mackinstry, my last governess, had hysterics in the schoolroom and fainted among the tea things. I suppose I shan't be able to decide about the state of my feelings until I've had more of them on the same subject, or until I've written down in this book of mine everything exactly as it's happened. I like doing that; it makes things seem so clear when you try to review them afterwards.
The fine estuary which penetrates the American coast, between the fortieth and forty-first degrees of latitude, is formed by the confluence of the Hudson, the Hackensack, the Passaic, the Raritan, and a multitude of smaller streams; all of which pour their tribute into the ocean, within the space named. The islands of Nassau and Staten are happily placed to exclude the tempests of the open sea, while the deep and broad arms of the latter offer every desirable facility for foreign trade and internal intercourse. To this fortunate disposition of land and water, with a temperate climate, a central position, and an immense interior, that is now penetrated, in every direction, either by artificial or by natural streams, the city of New-York is indebted for its extraordinary prosperity. Though not wanting in beauty, there are many bays that surpass this in the charms of scenery; but it may be questioned if the world possesses another site that unites so many natural advantages for the growth and support of a widely extended commerce. As if never wearied with her kindness, Nature has placed the island of Manhattan at the precise point that is most desirable for the position of a town. Millions might inhabit the spot, and yet a ship should load near every door; and while the surface of the land just possesses the inequalities that are required for health and cleanliness, its bosom is filled with the material most needed in construction.
It is now well recognized that to tackle the challenges and potential conflicts over scarce water resources, sound international governance is essential. This book focuses on global water governance (GWG), rather than at a more local level, examining why it is, with water so important and the world entering a global water crisis, that there is not a more formal GWG regime. More specifically, why is it that there is not a UN convention related to water or a UN agency that has water as its focus? The author draws on original qualitative research, based on 137 interviews with international water policy experts from international organizations, civil society, national governments, think tanks, academia, the private sector and regional organizations. These range from the head of an NGO in Kenya to the Secretary-General of the OECD and other prominent figures - the interview list is a veritable Who's Who in the international water policy community. The book analyses whether we need GWG or not, and provides a short history of GWG, including perceptions from interviewees of events that had the most influence on the subject. It explores critically the influence of key organizations and issues on GWG, and the reasons, according to the interviewees, why there is a lack of a more formal GWG regime. It concludes with findings and recommendations of how to move forward, including in relation to Sustainable Development Goals.
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