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The SDG 6 Synthesis Report


The Sustainable Development Goal 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation reviews the global progress made towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It builds on the latest data available for the 11 SDG 6 global indicators and will inform the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development during its in-depth review of SDG 6 in July 2018. The report represents a joint position from the United Nations family.

Read here.


International Advisory Committee Meeting


The Annual meeting of UNU-INWEH’s International Advisory Committee (IAC) was held 28-29 May.

Learn more about the committee and their roles here.


Global Water Futures inaugural Annual Science Meeting


The Global Water Futures programme held its inaugural Annual Science Meeting from 3-6 June 2018 at McMaster University. Dr Vladimir Smakhtin Global Sustainability Processes and a UN Water Decade: 2018-2028. 

High-Level Politcal Forum


The High-Level Political Forum 9-18 of July. UNU-INWEH participated in the side event, “Global Progress on Water and Sanitation” discussing the findings of the SDG 6 Synthesis Report. UNU-INWEH also collaborated with UNU-CPR on a side event titled, “Vanishing Waters and Drying Lands: Impacts on Migration.” 

Video: Global Progress on Water and Sanitation
Video: Vanishing Waters and Drying Lands: Impacts on Migration



UNU-INWEH’s ‘Water and Climate Dialogue Series’ organised a one day workshop to jointly map the ‘Africa2030WaterSecure Capacity Gaps and Needs for Water Security’. The collaborative event was organised jointly with McMaster University, African Center for Aquatic Research and Education and Sustainable Water Future Programme of the Future Earth. Africa2030WaterSecure stemmed from 2030WaterSecure, a global and joint initiative of Water Future and United Nations University (UNU-INWEH), 2030WaterSecure is an innovative vision to develop capacity by combining state-of-the-art water knowledge with modern, personalised communication tools in order to tackle the 21st-century water challenges and facilitate effective implementation of the 2030 Water Agenda. It outlines capacity gaps and needs of water security and water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ties closely with the Water Security and Nexus project of UNU-INWEH.

Read more here.


United Nations International Youth Day 2018


UNU-INWEH hosted a symposium titled, “Science, Youth and Sustainable Development” on 15 August 2018, celebrating United Nations International Youth Day 2018.  Presenters included experts from Moscow State University (Russia) and scholars from McMaster University (Hamilton), Sheridan College (Oakville), and Ryerson University (Toronto). More than half of the presenters were from UNU-INWEH’s Internship, Embedded Learning Experience (ELE) and McMaster University Student Traineeship (MUST) Programmes, as well as students from the Water Without Borders Programme, a joint graduate programme with McMaster University. A summary of the event will be available on UNU-INWEH’s official website in next coming weeks.

World Water Week 2018


World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”. 

Learn more about UNU-INWEH’s events here.


Another Drop Lecture- September


The next Another Drop Lecture will be on 25 September 2018 with a presentation by Ms Laura Twidle. Laura is the Director of Catastrophic Loss Analysis at Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) and her presentation will be titled, “Water-Related Catastrophes and What They Mean for the Insurance Industry.” More details will be posted soon on the Another Drop we page.


New Platform on Unconventional Water Resources


Given the importance of unconventional water resources, there is a need for a platform to connect the experts, practitioners, young professionals, private sector, media, and policy makers to exchange literature, ideas, presentations, graphics, and capacity development material as well as information on key events and sessions at workshops and conferences addressing one or more unconventional water resources. UNU-INWEH has provided such a platform by establishing a LinkedIn Group ‘Unconventional Water Resources’.

SDG Policy Support System


UNU-INWEH and partners have developed the SDG policy support system (SDG PSS) to allow governments to measure and report on the progress of six policy critical components for SDG 6. The aim is to enable governments to accelerate SDG success by supporting cross-sector, evidence-based policy and planning; and to accelerate progress towards water-related Sustainable Development Goals.

Updated in March 2018 for English, French and Spanish PSS versions

Sustainable Development Explorer


Sustainable Development Explorer, a campaign highlighting UNU’s work to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNU’s work is uniquely comprehensive, spanning the full breadth of the SDGs. Some 400 UNU researchers worldwide are engaged in more than 180 research projects, generating knowledge to develop realistic solutions to achieve the SDGs. Available in English and in Japanese, the SD Explorer currently features 51 projects, 34 experts, 34 publications, and 50 expert articles, organised by SDG. It offers visitors the opportunity to explore the “who” and “what” of UNU’s work, engage directly with UNU’s experts, and learn about how their ideas are generating knowledge to develop solutions to achieve the SDGs.

View SD Explorer




Senior Researcher: Water Policy (closes 5 October 2018)

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