Robert Sandford, UNU-INWEH, recaps the day’s progress, during the event ” A Water Forum in Recognition of World Water Day” in Ottawa, March 22 2022.
The event was organized by Water Security for Canadians.
About this event
Canada is facing a water crisis that can only be addressed through strong multi-scale national collaboration and co-ordination, especially with respect to monitoring, forecasting, and research.
The United Nation’s World Water Day (March 22nd), an internationally recognized day of action on water, provides an opportunity to reflect on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities that comprise Canada’s water futures. The Water Security for Canadians consortium, comprising the Global Water Futures (GWF) program, University of Saskatchewan, the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, and UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, hosted an event as part of World Water Day activities.
The Forum consisted of two panels that brought together Members of Parliament across parties and Indigenous leaders with interest in water (High-Level Panel ) as well as water experts from universities and civil society (Water Knowledge Panel).
- Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Dr. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences Programme at UNESCO
- Elizabeth May, Francis Scarpaleggia MP, Dan Mazier MP, Laurel Collins MP, Linda Debassige Chief M’Chigeeng First Nation, Monique Pauzé MP
Water Knowledge Panel:
- Dr. John Pomeroy of Global Water Futures. Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill of McMaster University, François de Gaspé Beaubien of Zoom Media and the Fondation de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace of Global Water Futures, Merrell-Ann Phare of Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, Inc. and Forum for Leadership on Water
Facilitated by Dr. Annette Trimbee of MacEwan University and Robert Sandford of The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).