UNEA 2 Side Event - Global Water Challenges

4 Jul 2016
Discussion following presentations at the UNEA 2 Side Event - Global Water Challenges

At the UNEA 2 Side Event - Global Water Challenges, GEMS/Water CDC Director Dr. Debbie Chapman presented material describing the current position of the Centre and its goal of providing global capacity development in water quality monitoring and assessment.

The side event stressed three key messages with regard to global water challenges:

  • Water and water quality issues are closely interlinked with a wide range of goals of the Agenda 2030 and need to be tackled through an integrated Nexus approach.
  • Strong partnerships between science, society, the policy arena and intergovernmental bodies as well as good data for evidence informed decision making are needed to ensure the sustainable management of water resources.
  • Capacity development in monitoring, reporting on and managing water resources is essential in enabling countries to fulfil Goal 6 of the SDGs.

Links to presentations given by Dr. Chapman and a variety of other contributors at the event can be found here:



UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre

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