XVth IWRA World Water Congress
The next IWRA World Water Congress will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 25 - 29 May 2015
3rd Istanbul International Water Forum
27 - 29 May 2014
Photo: Pierre-Alain Roche
Following a fruitful Budapest Water Summit in October this year our President Doğan Altinbilek has received thanks from Hungarian’s Foreign Minister János Martonyi, applauding the High-level Panel that Prof. Altinbilek participated in and thanking him for his engagement in support of the Summit. Our President is pictured alongside János Áder, the President of Hungary, after a successful day discussing key factors for sustainable developments goals (SDGs) and green growth.
The Water Integrity Network (WIN) was formed in 2006 to respond to increasing concerns among water and anti-corruption stakeholders over corruption in the water sector. It combines global advocacy, regional networks and local action, to promote increased transparency and integrity, bringing together partners and members from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia, to drive change that will improve the lives of people who need it most.
WIN has opended applications for a Research Officer to support the implementation of the project ‘Improving integrity and transparency of multi-stakeholder water stewardship partnerships’ and support the development of a ‘flagship publication’ on water integrity alongside undertaking other WIN research related activities. Applications close 10 December.
The University of East Anglia is now taking applications for the MSc Water Security and International Development.
This degree aims to equip students with neccessary skills and knowledge in the social and biophysical aspects of water resources, critically reflecting the practical and theoretical facets of 'water security', with a view to develop a better foundation upon which to achieve developmental and environmental objectives.
Xiamen University Law School is inviting applications for PhD and Post-Doctoral positions in its China International Water Law Programme. These provide cutting-edge, high-quality teaching and learning opportunities led by distinguised experts in international law and policy.
IWRA is a recent member of the OECD Water Governance Initiative. Our ED Tom Soo, plus various other IWRA members, attended the 2nd Meeting of the Water Governance Initiative at the OECD Headquarters in Paris from 7-8th November. The initiative consists of four themes including stakeholder engagement for effective water management, performance of water supply and sanitation, basin governance and integrity and transparency in the water sector. IWRA has principally joined the thematic group on basin governance and looks forward to working with partners on the project to strengthen effective basin governance in rivers, lakes and aquifers.
IWRA attended the Budapest Water Summit held from the 8 - 11th October in Hungary's vibrant capital. Amongst various other activities our President Prof. Dogan Altinbilek was involved in a high-level panel discussion on "What is this green stuff?" which looked at the opportunities for using traditional and innovative water technologies in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Tom Soo, our ED, moderated this panel discussion and a number of our members were also active across the four days.
Interested in what else was discussed at the Summit? Outcomes are outlined in the Budapest Water Summit Statement.
Also, some fantastic photos from the Summit, by UN-Water.
We had a fantastic time at Stockholm World Water Week, 1 - 6 September 2013.
As well as attending a number of informative sessions, connecting with key contacts and meeting with members we even got to participate in a theatre performance!
Our ED Tom Soo donned stripes as "Prisoner 1" and joined the "actors" presenting Theatre of the Absurd run by UNESCO-IHP and UN-Water, "a representation of the world's surreal and as yet, unsolved dilemmas surrounding water security, water governance and water cooperation". Catch some of the Theatre of the Absurd action here.
As well as our ED pursuing creativity to communicate important water messages, our Vice-President Lilian Del Castillo-Laborde met with UNESCO concerning international aquifers, and our President Dogan Altinbilek, alongisde ED Tom Soo, were involved in discussions on strengthening the role of water in green growth.
We're looking forward to World Water Week 2014 (31st August - 5th September) already!
The Toyoko and Hiroshi Hori Education Fund provides support for IWRA memberships for promising scholars from developing economies.
Criteria for awardees are that they (a) have a clear financial need; (b) are from the UNDP list of developing countries; (c) are from countries or regions that are significantly underrepresented in IWRA membership; and (d) demonstrate a potential to serve IWRA, in particular to increase membership and activities in their country or region.
Grants for memberships, including subscriptions to Water International, are for one year, renewable up to a maximum of three years.
Current members of the IWRA are invited and encouraged to recommend candidates, using the form available here. Inquiries should be directed to IWRA Executive Director Tom Soo (email@example.com).
IWRA is pleased to present new honorary members in recognition of their past outstanding services to IWRA and eminence in the field of water resources.
IWRA Newsletter 2013 - N°3 (September 2013)
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