Submit UNESCO i-WSSM Research Proposals by 12 March!

IWRA is continuing its collaboration with UNESCO International Centre for Water Security and Sustainable Management (i-WSSM) and together we invite you to submit proposals for the 2021 ‘GWSI Paper Series’ on Water Security and Sustainable Development Goals.  This year’s theme will focus on “Water Security and Cities – Integrated Urban Water Management”.

Researchers from international organisations, government agencies, research institutions, non-profit institutions, and the private sector are welcome to send proposals for their papers by completing this form by Friday, March 12th.

Selected papers will be published as part of the ‘GWSI Paper Series’ of UNESCO i-WSSM and UNESCO Headquarters.  Authors of chosen papers will be invited to present their work at an international event, such as the Korea International Water Week (KIWW) or World Water Forum.

Successful authors will be notified by April 9th, and full first draft papers will be due by June 25th, 2021. Authors will be requested to respond to editorial review comments by September 3rd, and peer review comments by November 26th, 2021. Successful authors will be requested to sign a copyright agreement with UNESCO, a sample of which is available here.

GWSI papers will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Topics: Papers should address a topic within the Water Security theme (see the Proposal Template following)
  • Content: Papers should include the content identified in Section 2 Content of this document.
  • Case Study: Papers are strongly encouraged to include details of one or more practical and successful case studies.   
  • Environmental and socioeconomic settings: Papers may be tailored to specific environmental and socioeconomic settings or they may be broadly applicable; in any case, linkages to policy issues and/or key policy decisions should be included.
  • Languages: Proposals and papers must be submitted in English.
  • Format: The final paper should be at least 20-pages and not exceed 30 pages of double-spaced text, including all images and references.

Learn more about the GWSI Paper Series background and objectives, this call, its content, the submission process, and other specifics by clicking here.

Applicants are invited to review the 2019 GWSI publication on the UNESCO iWSSM website here

For any related questions and/ or comments you may contact, or Mary Trudeau at

We look forward to receiving your research proposals!