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Responses to Local, Regional, and Global Challenges


Our own fate is intrinsically bound to the fate of our water resources. To build the future we want, we need to strive for water security by fostering the contributions of sciences and innovation. UNESCO is ready to support this process and undertake a major action to strengthen water security for sustainable development.

Based on the priorities and needs of Member States as identified at the Nairobi meeting of the Working Group, IHP-VIII focuses on six thematic areas to assist Member States in their challenging endeavor to better manage and secure water and to ensure the necessary human and institutional capacities. These are:

In order to achieve this strategic plan, the focus will be on:

  1. mobilizing international cooperation to improve knowledge and innovation to address water security challenges,
  2. strengthening the science-policy interface to reach water security at local, national, regional, and global levels and
  3. on developing institutional and human capacities for water security and sustainability.

The role of human behavior, cultural beliefs and attitudes to water, and socio-economic research to better understand and develop tools to adapt to changing water availability are some of the issues to be addressed.

IHP-VIII will bring multidisciplinary, environmentally sound and innovative methods, tools and approaches into play by capitalizing on advances in water sciences, as well as building competences to meet the challenges of today’s global water challenges. National Committees, UNESCO centres and chairs will play an important role in this process.

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