Asian Water Forum 2018

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) invites you to the forthcoming Asia Water Forum 2018 on “Information, Innovation and Technology”.

The Asia Pacific Region continues to develop at a tremendous rate with high economic growth, rapid urbanization, technological advancement, and associated social transformation. Water is fundamental to sustaining Asia’s progress and inclusive prosperity yet is facing serious challenges for its sustainable management and efficient and reliable delivery of services along with climate change and disaster risk concerns.

The “Asia Water Forum (AWF) 2018 – Information, Innovation and Technology”
will provide a venue and platform to share knowledge and experiences on state of the art advancements to help ensure a water-secure Asia Pacific Region. The AWF will bring together over 300 participants including government officials from ADB developing member countries (DMCs), water and development professionals, industry and water association representatives, private sector and vendors, and civil society to discuss and demonstrate the latest technologies and innovations, including policy and management reforms, and their applications in the water sector. The goal is to increase the awareness and knowledge of water practitioners and decision makers and identify strategies to adopt and scale-up innovation and technology throughout the region.

More information on the registration can be found HERE.

Further: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published its new Strategy. Have a look!

UCAN- United Communities Academia Network

During the 8th World Water Forum (WWF8), March 20, 2018, in Brasilia, Brazil, GIWEH launched an initiative for cooperation  that unites and connects organizational communities with academia so as to create a strong  and active network (United Communities Academia Network – UCAN).

This initiative was launched at the Swiss Pavillon at a special event – during a session on Supporting the 2030 sustainable development agenda through community-based approaches, and before the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) event on networks and opportunities for partnerships between the private sector and the government. It was introduced to a large audience, encompassing the regional representatives of more than 500 NGOs, leaders and coordinators from Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Europe, MENA region and South America.

The aim of UCAN is inclusive and integrative – it is to build an international network that links academic institutions with NGOs, development organizations, and governments. Dr. Nidal Salim, General Director of GIWEH, emphasized the importance of such alliance, and its ability to create a momentum for major improvements in global cooperation.

The 4 main objective of the alliance are:

  1. To support research and academic institutions nationally and internationally,
  2. To provide NGOs with appropriate technologies and tailor-based innovations,
  3. To build a positive environment conducive to cooperation at local and regional levels, and
  4. To build a holistic interactive dialogue between academia NGOs, private sector and governments, in order to enhance good governance and to align to the People, Science and Government initiative.

Academia will perform tests, build capacity, gather technical knowledge and disseminate data, in cooperation with NGOs that will develop operational interventions plans. Altogether, they will promote participation in the policy-making process, effectively engage with stakeholders and experts, and share information a way that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr. Salim highlighted the importance of promoting the agenda amongst all actors, in order to transform current challenges into long-term sustainable solutions with a real impact on the ground.

Dr. Salim concluded the discussion by inviting the audience to cooperate and join the movement. He informed that UCAN is “looking for active partners, and this alliance is open to all NGOs, universities, and research institutions from all over the globe.”

To receive further information click HERE.