Do you know a company, project, plant, technology, deal or initiative that deserves the “Global Water Awards”? The nomination for the Awards 2019 is now open and you can vote here until 31 January. Nominations can be made under 13 different categories, such as Smart Water Company of the Year, Municipal Desalination Plant of the Year or Water Leaders Award. The winners will be announced at the Global Water Summit on April 9th 2019 in London. Further information on the process can be found here.
Other water news
The 10th International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management, organised by the Wessex Institute (UK) and the University of Alicante (Spain) opened its call for papers. The conference will present recent technological and scientific developments, associated with the management of surface and sub-surface water resources. Papers presented will be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions or at an Issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning.
From 29th October to 2nd November the 7th African water week was held in Libreville, Gabon, South Africa. 1000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community and civil society discussed different approaches to achieve Water Security and Safely Managed Sanitation for Africa.
In preparation of the up-coming High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July and the comprehensive review of the UN sustainability goals on water (SDG 6), UN-Water has published the “SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation”. Based on data on SDG 6 global indicators the joint position from the United Nations on the progress of reaching the aims of SDG 6 is represented in the report. For the upcoming six months a publicly accessible dialogue process has been initiated.
The dialogue process consists of three phases:
- Collecting overall feedback (2 May – 16 May)
- Preparing main messages for the HLPF-Meeting (25 June – 9 July)
- Looking forward and next steps (31 August – 14 September)
World Water Day, which took place on 22 March, saw the launch of the International Decade for Action: "Water for Sustainable Development". The decade will help to improve cooperation and capacity development in the field of water management by encouraging the sharing of good practices and providing a platform for advocacy, networking and partnership-building in response to the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
On 20 February 2018, UNESCO and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission co-hosted an information session entitled “Science for Water: Effective Solutions for Achieving SDG 6 and Water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda” at the UN Headquarters in New York.
In view of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation and in the context of the upcoming “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development” (2018-2028), the session was a platform to discuss the importance of addressing water-management issues, and to inform member states about the collective contributions of UNESCO and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to the implementation of SDG-6 and other water-related targets.
During the session the need to close the gap between science and policy to achieve water related goals was emphazised. Furthermore a series of science based tools that could be used to guide policy and decision-making on water were presented.
For the sixth year running, the annual Global Risks report has rated water crises as being among the top five global risks in terms of impact. The 2018 report covers more risks than ever, but pays particular attention to four key areas: environmental degradation, cybersecurity breaches, economic strains and geopolitical tensions.
In its inaugural publication, the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 has called for a significant increase in efforts to implement the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Germany. The platform seeks to generate added value for science as well as for political and societal practice and to make a significant contribution to achieving the sustainable development goals.
In 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 global goals for sustainable development to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030. The Water JPI action IC4WATER focuses in particular on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) related to water challenges for implementing the Water JPI Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0). It will be implemented through a Joint Call on “Water resource management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”. Its aim is to encourage transnational collaborative projects on research and innovation to support the implementation of water policies. This call will cover two topics:
Multiple pressure effects on ecosystems and ecosystem services as well as effective mitigation – adaptation tools and assessments for implementing the water related targets of the UN SDGs.
Developing accessible solutions for clean water management to address UN SDG6 targets and associated SDGs.
The Water JPI 2017 Joint Call is funded by 12 Funding Partner Organisations from 12 countries, for a global estimated budget of 8.55 M€. This Call is for collaborative transnational research proposals. Consortia should include a minimum of 3 partners from 3 different participating countries. Each research Partner in a project must comply with the eligibility criteria and rules of its funding organisation.
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