Water Sciences Programmes

UNESCO’s action in the field of water resources began in 1965, when it launched the International Hydrological Decade, the first worldwide program focusing on hydrological studies. In 1975, this pioneer initiative evolved into the current International Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO’s

UNESCO Category II Water Centres and Institutes

UNESCO’S Category 2 Water-related Centres are entities which are not legally part of UNESCO, but which are associated with it through formal arrangements approved by the General Conference. The overall mission of UNESCO’s water-related centres is to address

UNESCO Water Chairs in Asia and the Pacific

UNESCO Water-related Chairs (click here for more information) are joint undertakings between UNESCO and interested parties. It is the response to a pressing need to reverse the process of decline of interest in the domain on water resources research in higher education institutions in developing countries,

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Water is fundamental to life and is the common denominator of all sustainable development challenges. We need water to produce food and we need water to produce energy. Improving access to freshwater is about enabling millions of girls to go to school instead of walking kilometers to fetch water. It is about improving maternal health, curbing child mortality and preserving the environment.



Ms Irina Bokova, Ms Irina Bokova,

Director-General of UNESCO