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The summer 2020 and the importance of water for all💧

Hi! We hope you're doing well.

A word from ISW-SWE 
Executive Director, 
Sarah Dousse. 
Good morning everyone,

Equitable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene are key factors for the socio-economic development of populations but also - as highlighted by COVID-19 - for the prevention and control of diseases.   

Our teams are more active than ever in developing and implementing approaches that respond to the global water challenges: increasing water needs while quantities remain limited, increasing pollution of resources, and a situation exacerbated by the climate crisis, which primarily affects the most vulnerable.   

Rapid and concerted action is required! In this regard - and considering the particular global situation we are all experiencing - we are pleased to have further strengthened our work with our wide network of partners in pursuit of our mission to initiate and facilitate actions that contribute to systemic change in the water sector, supporting the actors - in particular civil society, citizens and youth - involved in its management and protection.

9 new solutions: ''Global Youth Take Action''

294 projects submitted by mobilized young leaders from over 50 countries!
The world's youth is providing innovative solutions to meet water challenges and improve the living conditions of local populations while creating entrepreneurial opportunities. We have thus selected 9 projects which will receive technical and financial support. 

The implementation of the projects is already underway.  In addition, 40 additional quality solutions submitted during the call for proposals have also been published on the ''Youth for Water and Climate'' platform.

The current Covid-19 crisis only reinforces the thirst of youth for concrete actions in the field.  

You can read more here.

“Every person deserves to have access to clean water, the absence of which reveals an urgent problem which needs addressing. The Global Youth Take Action project is helping us to do this with our initiative Kyɛnsu. COVID-19 is a season of uncertainty, but with this project, there is so much we are excited about because we will make a positive impact in the lives of people in Ghana!”

- Gideon Commey & Perk Pomeyie, project leaders for Kyɛnsu

COVID-19: Fighting its spread in Tajikistan

We are working with the Government of Tajikistan, through the Ministries of Education and Health, and with the support of the Swiss Cooperation, to set up a large-scale action plan, making prevention materials available and raising awareness through media campaigns.   

We are also continuing the development of our field project aimed at improving access to water and sanitation for all as well as good hygiene practices in the Syr Darya basin.
You can learn more here.

EU support for our #WaterGeneration strategy

We have secured new EU support through the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership program that will contribute to the implementation of our youth strategy and the consolidation of our capacity building and professional development activities related to water and climate among young people in Europe. 

This funding will enable us to train and monitor a cohort of young people from different European contexts, who will implement bankable local initiatives while following a training curriculum and connecting them to the professional sphere. This funding will also allow us to further consolidate our partnerships with European organizations.

Learn more about our youth strategy here.

Influence for a Water-Smart Europe

‘’Water Europe’’ - a multi-stakeholder platform initiated by the European Commission and working towards a Water Smart Society - has approved our membership. Thus, we are now in a position to scale up our advocacy for a European Green Deal that truly considers water issues. 

You can learn more about the partnership here.

Many activities are already underway; Hasmik, President of the European Youth Parliament for Water, has participated as a panelist in the Water Innovation Europe 2020

The Water Innovation Europe 2020 recap article here.


Membership to l'AQOCI

As the headquarters of the International Secretariat for Water is located in Montreal, it is essential for us to develop partnerships with stakeholders in Quebec and Canada.

In June 2020, we joined Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), which brings together 60 international organizations.

In this way, we will be able to rely on AQOCI's networks to influence the international development policies of Quebec and Canada and work with our Quebec peers for a more sustainable and equitable world.  

Consult AQOCI's members directory here.
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