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UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security

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The UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security at the Institute of Environment is charged with bringing together research and education to address regional, national and global water security issues, through innovative interdisciplinary research and partnerships for sustainability.

The UNESCO Regional Office for Science for Latin America and the Caribbean, to which our UNESCO Chair at FIU is adhered, is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. View the latest edition of the Newsletter "SEÑAL," here.

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Budapest Water Summit 2019

The goal of the Budapest Water Summit (BWS) is to focus the attention of the world’s political, economic, financial and scientific decision-makers on the prevention of the planet's water crisis. The Summit is taking place from October 15-17 and will be broadcasting all activities on their website. The FIU-UNESCO chair will be present at the Summit.

Dr. Maria C. Donoso has been selected as Chair-holder. Under the guidance and coordination of the Chair-holder, the Chair is to serve as a vehicle to further expand and share the experience gained over the last decade by the Institute in water security and sustainability through programs such as GLOWS (Global Water for Sustainability), led by FIU and executed in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Caucasus. Contact Dr. Donoso

Dr. Rita Teutonico is the interim Chair-holder and vice-chair. 

Coordinating Unit and Host: Institute of Environment

Co-hosts: Applied Research Center, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy

Advisory Board | Theme Coordination Committee

Today, water systems are faced with several challenges, which can be categorized as technical, institutional, political, financial and information-related. These challenges are compounded by global and regional change pressures and associated risks and uncertainties. Water security is an increasing concern particularly to the developing world, considering population growth, uncontrolled urban expansion, increased water infrastructure decay, land use changes, water quality degradation, growing impact of extreme hydrological events and other effects of global change.

In effectively dealing with complex, rapid environmental and demographical changes and challenges, holistic, multidisciplinary and environmentally sound approaches to water resources management and protection policy need to be sought to attain sustainability. Furthermore, the deterioration of hydraulic infrastructure is requiring a level of investment which poses a challenge even to developing countries and is critically impacting the sustainability of water security enterprises and operations.

Despite these challenges, there are opportunities to be tapped effectively to transform unsustainable water systems to sustainable. Some of the key opportunities include: strategic planning processes, integrated water management, sustainable, flexible and resilient technologies, emerging economic development, emerging urban centers in developing countries and green economy (UNESCO IHP Strategy, 2012).

Read more about IHP-VIII: Water Security or learn more on the challenges and actions undertaken by UNESCO to attain water security by visiting the UNESCO Water Portal.

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Current Contact

Dr. Rita Teutonico
Interim UNESCO Chair-holder
Associate Dean of Research
College of Arts, Sciences and Education
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St., CASE 488
Miami, FL 33199 USA
Tel. +1-305-348-2719