Background

WWAP’s overall objective is: meeting the growing requirements of UN Member States and the international community for a wider range of policy-relevant information, timely and reliable information in various fields of water resources development and management, in particular through the production of the World Water Development Report (WWDR).

UN WWAP UNESCO coordinates the work of 31 United Nations agency members and of 38 partners of UN-Water in the annual production of the authoritative World Water Development Report (WWDR), the UN-Water's flagship report on water.

Covers of the 2015 WWDR and “Case studies and indicators” volume

The WWDR series has repeatedly highlighted that water professionals need a better understanding of the broader social, economic and political context, while politicians need to be better informed about water resource issues. To respond to this call for capacity enhancement, one of the components of the WWAP is on Capacity Development.

The “Capacity Development of Workers in the Water Sector” was funded by the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFund). With the financial support of the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFund), UN WWAP UNESCO developed a Capacity Development Programme focusing on “Water and Sustainable Development”. This specific theme was selected based on the topic of the 2015 WWDR “Water for a sustainable world” and to respond to challenges posed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The specific objectives of the Capacity Development programme on Water and Sustainable development are the following:

  • To strengthen institutional capacity and effectiveness of water and water-related governmental agencies of the countries;
  • To encourage, among medium-high level officers/decision-makers and senior water managers - of country institutions, the use of a multi-disciplinary approach for better understanding the broader social, economic, environmental and climatic context that pertains to decisions about water issues;
  • To equip water professionals with the understanding of innovative techniques, including green techniques and decision support tools, through concrete examples of efficient water management approaches, water re-use, integrated management of surface water and groundwater resources, and other adaptation approaches to cope with the extreme events (floods and droughts) due to climatic variability;
  • To support south-south knowledge sharing through presentation of experiences, discussions and exchange of expertise among participants.

 

 

 

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