The Unesco Chair in Water Resources Management and Culture had the pleasure to participate in the UNESCO International Water Conference held in Paris, on 13 and 14 May 2019.


In this occasion, UNESCO brought together its actors and partners to share innovative solutions to the challenges we are asked to face when coping with water management and governance.

«Almost all human activities depend on water, be it food production, energy generation, industry or even recreation. Water management and governance affect the health of humans and ecosystems, and reflect the conditions of gender equality, education and cultural diversity of a region. Water resources are critical to sustainable development and poverty reduction.» (UNESCO)

Fostering international networks and cooperation, UNESCO promotes an holistic, trans-sectoral and interdisciplinary approach to these global challenges. The same perspective distinguishes the activity of our Chair and the purpose of the Centre For Sustainable Heritage Conservation, which was presented by Prof. Lucio Ubertini during side-event “UNESCO Water Family“.

The UNESCO Water Family

The Water Family is a global network that works together to implement UNESCO’s strategic goals concerning water management. It consists of:

36 Water-related Institutes and Centres under the auspices of UNESCO work on relevant thematic and geographic priorities in their areas of expertise;

55 UNESCO’s Water-related Chairs established as teaching or research positions at universities or research institutes around the world;

The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) coordinates the work of 28 UN-Water members and partners in the World Water Development Report (WWDR), an annual review providing an authoritative picture of the state, use and management of the world’s freshwater resources;

169 International Hydrological Programme (IHP) National Committees, which ensure the implementation  of IHP at national level.

Altogether, in 2018 the Water Family conducted a total of 836 trainings and events, involving 30 269 people (11,774 women) in 96 countries (including which 28 in Africa).


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