Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Sustainable Water Resources

The ETHZ Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Sustainable Water Resources is a unique one year postgraduate program for professionals with backgrounds in civil or environmental engineering. The MAS is designed to generate collaboration between water professionals in Switzerland and abroad.

If you are a water professional and would like gain an integrated vision of sustainable water resources management, this program is for you.

If you are a Swiss Water Partnership organization that has projects on sustainable water use, ETHZ would like to collaborate with you on MAS student research topics.

For further information please consult the brochure of the master. You can also visit our website or contact Dr Darcy Molnar, the MAS coordinator.

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A year of events and training!

From Switzerland to Cambodia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to Bulgaria, The Netherlands to Lebanon, Hungary to India, Nepal to Italy: WaterLex has taken the lead at training events and meetings in many countries this year to advance the human rights to water and sanitation globally, and to bring a human-rights based-approach to many aspects of water governance.

WaterLex work promotes water dialogues, improved water cooperation, and brings sustainable water governance to the forefront of the global agenda. The overall philosophy of WaterLex highlights the crucial importance of human rights-based approaches to the many challenges concerning water management, monitoring compliance with human rights standards, and ensuring that the economic, social and cultural factors underlying water, sanitation and hygiene issues are properly addressed.

Read about what we have achieved so far and what is still to come in the last few weeks of 2016! Two important events coming up are

The Budapest Water Summit: The Budapest Water Summit will take place 28-30 November 2016, and is organised by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the World Water Council, under the patronage of János Áder, President of Hungary. The organisers have invited WaterLex to be a part of this important event. WaterLex Director General Amanda Loeffen will be speaking on “Good Water Governance – Important Not Only for Water” (Side Event, 28 November 2016, 15:30-16:30, Tisza Gallery). WaterLex Senior Legal Advisor, Viktoria Mohos Naray is confirmed to speak in the Civil Forum, “Start with the baseline: importance of country mapping” in the Civil Forum, 28 November, 16:30 – 18:30, Session 1: Implementing SDG6 through governance Outlining potential tools for successful outcomes. Read more here.

IWRM Training event (in French) in Geneva in December – with the support of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, WaterLex will host this training in Geneva on 1-2 December: “Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Africa: Towards a water governance that integrates the Development Objectives Sustainable Development (ODDs) and human rights to water and sanitation.” Read more here.

Read about the other events and training workshops we have hosted this year so far. The link is: http://www.waterlex.org/?p=4556

WaterLex formation: “La Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) en Afrique”

Avec le soutien de la République et Canton de Genève, WaterLex accueillera cette formation à Genève pendant 1-2 Décembre: “La Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) en Afrique: Pour une gouvernance de l’eau qui intègre les Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODDs) et les droits humains à l’eau et à l’assainissement.”

Cette formation vise à permettre au public cible de renforcer ses compétences en ce qui concerne la politique de l’eau à l’échelle du gouvernement, par l’approche holistique dite de la Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) telle qu’elle est notamment recommandée par l’Agenda de Développement Durable adopté en 2015 par la communauté internationale – en particulier l’Objectif de Développement Durable 6 (ODD 6).

Objectifs

annonce GIRELes objectifs de la formation sont de donner les éléments nécessaires aux décideurs et acteurs du secteur de l’eau, afin de mettre en œuvre des politiques de gestion des ressources en eau qui soient en accord avec les trois dimensions du développement durable – sociale, économique et environnementale – et des conventions internationales existantes. Les objectifs spécifiques de cette formation sont les suivants:

  • Comprendre la nécessité de l’approche GIRE face aux défis environnementaux et sociaux qui menacent l’approvisionnement en eau en quantité et qualité suffisantes pour le développement.
  • Acquérir une vision d’ensemble des mécanismes de mise en place de la GIRE, des différents acteurs et secteurs concernés, ainsi que la mise en place d’objectifs, d’instruments de gestion et d’indicateurs, notamment ceux de l’ODD 6 et de la cible 6.5.1.
  • Développer des compétences adéquates pour le renforcement et la mise en œuvre de cadres juridiques, politiques et institutionnels dans le cadre de la GIRE et d’une bonne gouvernance de l’eau.
  • Comprendre l’intérêt de la méthodologie basée sur le droit humain à l’eau et à l’assainissement, et les implications de la reconnaissance de ce droit humain sur les acteurs du secteur de l’eau.
  • Avoir une vision de l’approche locale (bassin versant) et régionale (bassin transfrontalier) dans des pays à faible revenu – en facilitant le partage d’expériences et de bonnes pratiques.

Responsables de la formation

Thevenon_photo 2015Florian Thevenon travaille sur la gouvernance de l’eau et l’assainissement dans le cadre des nouveaux Objectifs de Développement Durable – ODD 6 dédié à l’eau douce et à l’assainissement – et la mise en place de la Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau (GIRE) fondée sur le respect des droits humains. Il a été consultant pour le groupe marin de l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN) sur les thématiques du réchauffement climatique et de la pollution des océans; et responsable du cours en ligne sur « La Gouvernance dans l’Assainissement Urbain » mis en œuvre par l’Institut des Nations Unies pour la formation et la recherche (UNITAR). Il collabore avec l’Université de Genève sur l’évaluation de la pollution de l’eau en République Démocratique du Congo. Il est l’auteur et co-auteur de plus de plus de 40 publications à comité de lecture (7000 vues sur ResearchGate). Il détient un doctorat en Sciences de l’Environnement de l’Université d’Aix Marseille (France).

Lenka KruckovaLenka Kruckova gère le programme Initiative Eau des institutions nationales des droits de l’homme (INDH) et coordonne les projets de recherche juridique pour WaterLex. Avant de joindre WaterLex, elle a été éditrice pour l’Utrecht Journal of International and European Law. Elle a pris part à la Clinique Internationale de Défense des Droits Humains de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) où elle a co-rédigé un mémoire de recherche sur le cadre juridique canadien en matière de responsabilité étatique pour des violations de droits humains commises par des entreprises canadiennes à l’étranger. Lenka est titulaire d’un LL.M. en droit international public de l’université d’Utrecht (Pays-Bas) et d’un baccalauréat en relations internationales et droit international de l’UQÀM (Canada).


Bibliographie

HRBA IWRM Manual CoverHuman Rights-Based Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management. Sous presse.
CapNet, WaterLex, The Water Governance Facility (WGF) and REDICA.
Pdf à télécharger librement ici.

 

 


A propos de WaterLex

Fondée en 2010, WaterLex est une organisation non-gouvernementale (ONG) à but non lucratif, active sur un plan international dans le domaine des droits humains, et plus particulièrement du droit à l’eau et à l’assainissement. WaterLex offre ses services aux gouvernements, entreprises et ONG souhaitant évaluer l’impact de leurs activités respectives sur la jouissance du droit à l’eau et à l’assainissement de la population touchée par ces activités. WaterLex favorise les dialogues autour de la gestion de l’eau et promeut la gouvernance durable de l’eau au premier plan de l’agenda mondial. WaterLex donne des cours de formation sur le terrain et dans le monde entier en partenariat avec les gouvernements, les parlementaires, les institutions nationales des droits de l’homme, les organisations de la société civile et les opérateurs de l’eau dans le monde entier. WaterLex est un partenaire officiel du Partenariat Mondial pour l’Eau (Global Water Partnership), de ONU-Eau (UN-Water), du Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement (UNDP) Cap-Net, de UNDP Global Water Solidarity, de l’Initiative des Eaux Usées du PNUE (GWI), de la Commission Economique des Nations Unies pour l’Europe (CEE-ONU), et du Partenariat Suisse pour l’Eau (Swiss Water Partnership).

WaterLex drop translated FrenchLa méthodologie de WaterLex repose sur une solide compréhension des lois et des politiques de la gouvernance de l’eau, et se fonde sur son statut d’organisme neutre et indépendant pour conseiller les législateurs.

WaterLex effectue des recherches sur la législation et des cartographies inclusives de la gouvernance de l’eau, comme fondement de ses projets et de ses programmes.

Cette recherche conduit ensuite à la création d’outils et de matériels de formation utilisés pour le partage des connaissances avec les acteurs de la gouvernance de l’eau.

En tant que catalyseur de changement, WaterLex s’appuie sur ces méthodologies distinctives et son statut privilégié avec les institutions gouvernementales et les défenseurs du droit à l’eau et à l’assainissement, pour développer de nouveaux cadres juridiques et politiques et ainsi soutenir le renforcement de l’application des lois et de leur conformité au niveau national.

Le but final des activités WaterLex est la réalisation de la gestion et la gouvernance durables de l’eau.


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WaterLex at the 2016 Budapest Water Summit

The Budapest Water Summit will take place 28-30 November 2016, and is organised by the Hungarian Government in cooperation with the World Water Council, under the patronage of János Áder, President of Hungary. The organisers have invited WaterLex to be a part of this important event.

WaterLex Director General Amanda Loeffen will be speaking on “Good Water Governance – Important Not Only for Water” (Side Event, 28 November 2016, 15:30-16:30, Tisza Gallery). WaterLex Senior Legal Advisor, Viktoria Mohos Naray is confirmed to speak in the Civil Forum, “Start with the baseline: importance of country mapping” in the Civil Forum, 28 November, 16:30 – 18:30, Session 1: Implementing SDG6 through governance Outlining potential tools for successful outcomes.

Budapest Water Summit 2016

At the 2013 Budapest Water Summit, the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations, in cooperation with WaterLex, launched the National Human Rights Institutions Initiative for Good Water Governance during a side event.

WaterLex is pleased to be a part of the 2016 Budapest Water Summit and will be sharing an update during and after the event.

From the Budapest Water Summit website:

The mission of the Summit aims that instead of conflicts and global risks water shall be the source of cooperation, peace and development for all the countries committed to sustainable development.

To this end, participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 will lay down their proposed solutions for the relevant international bodies by adopting the „Budapest Statement 2016”. The objective of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 is to facilitate water to be the source of cooperation, peace and development in all countries that have a stake in sustainable development, instead of being the cause of global risks and further conflicts of the 21st century. For this purpose, the participants of the Summit shall discuss and adopt the “Budapest Statement 2016” in order to be able to propose solutions to the relevant international forums. 

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 builds upon the results and success of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the Paris Climate Change Conference and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by UN Member States. The Budapest Water Summit 2013 and the Budapest Statement 2013 has become a consensus-building reference point in international climate politics, a success that the Budapest Water Summit 2016 shall also pursue to achieve.


For more information:

Please see the Budapest Water Summit website.

The Civil Forum programme is posted here.


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About WaterLex:

WaterLex is an international public interest development organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide, particularly in regard to consistent water law and policy frameworks, with the Sustainable Development Goals (especially SDG 6, water for all) in mind. It is an official member of the Global Water Partnership, UNDP Cap-Net, UNDP Global Water Solidarity, UNEP Global Wastewater Initiative, and Swiss Water Partnership.

World Water Forum 2018 - Theme and Topic Coordinators

The Secretariat of the 8th World Water Forum and the World Water Council have launched a call for interest to join theme and topic coordination groups of the Forum thematic process. Deadline to apply is November 17.

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Please find hereafter the communication of the World Water Council to its members (the Swiss Water Partnership is a member of the Council):

“The World Water Forum is an international event, organised every three years by the World Water Council in collaboration with the authorities of the host country. It is the largest water-related event in the world, aimed at putting water firmly on the international agenda. A three-year preparatory process culminates in one week of sessions, debates and cultural activities, where all stakeholders interested in water issues come together to push for strong political commitment to give greater priority to appropriate water management strategies.

The 8th World Water Forum will take place in Brasilia in March 2018 and will include the traditional three Forum processes – Thematic, Regional and Political -, a Citizens Forum and an Exhibition, and a new Sustainability Focal Group.

Preparations are underway, and at the first outreach activity – the Kick-off Meeting that took place in Brasilia last 27th28th June – the Thematic Process presented its preliminary Framework for discussion.

The Thematic Commission (TC) is pleased to announce the open call for Expression of Interest (EoI) from all interested stakeholders to be involved in the Thematic Process as Theme or Topic Coordinator. The call will be open until the 17th of November 2016, for those who have not already expressed interest in writing to the Forum Secretariat since June.

The 9 themes (divided into 6 main themes and 3 cross-cutting issues) and 32 topics that make up the 8th World Water Forum Thematic Framework have been developed by the Thematic Commission in dialogue with a large number of stakeholders and endorsed by the 8th Forum’s International Steering Committee.”

The role and tasks of the Coordination Groups and the Thematic Framework are described in the Terms of Reference.

To express your interest in joining Theme or Topic Coordination Groups, you have to fill in this form which will then have to be sent back to the World Water Forum Secretariat. If you are interested to join a topic coordination group or contribute to them, please get in touch with the Secretariat of the Swiss Water Partnership (lucien.blaser@swisswaterpartnership.ch). If there is a strong interest from several members we might consider to join a coordination group as Swiss Water Partnership. Do also not hesitate to get in touch with Secretariat in case of questions.

Stockholm World Water Week 2017 – Preparation Meeting

In order to prepare the participation of the Swiss Water Parntership and its members at the Stockholm World Water Week 2017, we would like to remind you of the first preparatory meeting which will take place on November 16 in Bern, from 14:15 to 16:15.

The objective of the meeting is to go as far as possible into drafting the outlines of the thematic events of which the proposal will already have to be submitted by the end of January. In order to have the most productive meeting as possible, we would kindly ask you to already share your ideas for thematic events ahead of the meeting and at the same time confirm your participation at the preparatory meeting via this survey. Should you not be able to attend the meeting but would still be interested to co-convene a seminar with other members of the Swiss Water Partnership, please also indicate this in the survey.

This preparation event will also be the occasion to define the concept of the booth for the SWWW 17.

You can find more information on the participation of Swiss Water Partnership at the Stockholm World Water Week on this page.

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Coordinator Swiss Water Partnership (80-100 %)

The Swiss Water Partnership Secretariat, hosted by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, is looking for a new coordinator of the partnership.

YOUR MAIN TASKS

  • Support the development of a yearly work-programme
  • Maintain regular contact with the SWP members and approach potential new members
  • Organise, coordinate and facilitate the presence of the SWP in relevant Swiss and international water events such as the annual World Water Week
  • Maintain and keep the web-platform updated, share information through a newsletter and social media
  • Develop partnerships with relevant actors and sponsors
  • Prepare and publish annual progress and financial reports

YOUR QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master degree in water management, international development, or business development
  • 2-3 years of professional experience in the water sector, including development cooperation experience
  • Knowledge about the water sector in Switzerland and global water challenges
  • Goal-orientation, strong conceptual and analytical competences, and working experience in project management
  • Excellent oral and written communication and facilitation skills in an intercultural context and excellent spoken and written English, German and French
  • Good networking skills and ability to work in teams and independently

WE OFFER YOU
A contract initially limited until December 31, 2018. Attractive working conditions in small teams and a multicultural setting, work place in Zurich or Berne (close to the main stations). We look forward to receiving your complete application including motivation letter, work certificates and diplomas by November, 27, 2016. Please send your electronic application to applications@helvetas.org.

You can find the entire job description here.