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Connecting countries to address global water challenges

September 5, 2019

Water intersects every aspect of life. It is therefore a privilege and a responsibility for water professionals and leaders around the world to share knowledge and thought leadership across disciplines and cultural divides, for the advancement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since June 2016, ICE WaRM, a founding member of the Water Industry Alliance, has been delivering webinars to the global water sector through the Australian Water School Webinar Programme. This programme facilitates access to local, national and international expertise and provides information on a wide range of water topics and current challenges. Freely available, the webinar programme is unique in the world for its scope, frequency and relevance to international communities.

Presented by highly regarded professionals who are experts in their field, these webinars contribute to the advancement of the SDGs by providing an independent platform for live discussion. This allows countries to connect and share ideas to find solutions to the most pressing water challenges of today and secure water for the future.

Achieving global sustainability and advancing human dignity while protecting the planet is no simple task. It requires international collaboration and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to assist national plans in implementing all the SDGs.

“The global water sector should consider the impact it can achieve in progressing the work of the SDGs, especially through new partnerships and networks,” said ICE WaRM Chief Academic Officer, Dr Ian Reid.

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 aims to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development”.

Specific targets in Goal 17 emphasise the need to enhance knowledge sharing with developing countries and extend access to science and environmentally sound technologies and innovation.

“The Australian Water School Webinar Programme currently delivers around 30 webinars a year and we provide these free of charge to allow for maximum participation. We want to give community groups and the developing world an opportunity to share in the learning and connect with the wider water sector,” Dr Reid said.

“For those who are unable to attend a live session, webinars are recorded and made freely available on demand.”

Striving to deliver knowledge at the forefront of best practice, innovation and new technologies, the webinar programme covers many important topics including groundwater management, water modelling, climate adaptation and water efficiency, while also championing the importance of gender equity and cultural diversity.

“The Webinar Programme has seen more than 10,000 registrations from over 110 countries since it began three years ago,” said Dr Reid.

“We aim to grow our international audience and strengthen connections between the Australian and international water sectors. If we can empower and inspire water leaders and practitioners globally, to progress the SDGs by sharing knowledge and expertise, this will help to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of quality water for livelihoods, human wellbeing, and socio-economic development.”

View past webinars on the YouTube.

View upcoming webinars on the Australian Water School website.

If you have an idea for a webinar email ICE WaRM.