Global Water Education Network
Gamechanger for SDG6 acceleration
“We hold the pieces of a water-secure and more peaceful world in our hands.
What does it take to put them together? Game changers.”
Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th session of the General Assembly in his remarks to the closing of the 2023 UN Water Conference
The Global Water Education Alliance is actively leading the coordination and implementation of the GWEN gamechanger. The initiative is also open to any organization or platform working on water education, as we consider all part of the global water education network. We aim for the network to be truly global, encompassing collaborating partners from North to South.
The “Global Water Education Network” (GWEN) will drive stronger collaboration by acting as knowledge broker between all organizations delivering water-related education and capacity development services globally.
Get more information in the GWEN leaflet.
The global network aims to advance SDG6 and other water-related goals by
Supporting national governments to address water education gaps.
Equipping network members to deliver state of the art capacity development activities.
Providing a centralised platform to streamline sharing of lessons learned, trends and insights.
Contributing to global discussions on water learning and exploring new goals, such as a water education indicator.
Joint implementation of demand-driven capacity development programmes on the basis of regional/country scope and through the identification of appropriate resources.
approaches and curricula..
Serving as a knowledge brokering and exchange space for water education and capacity development, to showcase tools, products and services, share learning, and adapt approaches and curricula.
Undertaking communication and advocacy activities within and outside the network on key issues, such as simplifying messages for decision-makers and involving partners in the UN-Water family (and beyond) in capacity development initiatives.
Supporting innovative monitoring and evaluation of capacity development interventions that go beyond counting heads and capitalize on evaluative and adaptive learning to be openly shared for improved implementation.
World Water Week Online Session
Global Water Education Network: Game changer for SDG6 acceleration
The Global Water Education Alliance hosted an official World Water Week online session to present the GWEN game changer and gather inputs from participants. Here's what attendees had to say.
Watch the launch of the Global Water Education Network at World Water Week 2023
The Global Water Education Alliance
The Global Water Education Alliance (founding partners IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, SIWI and Cap-Net UNDP) and UNESCO are leading the coordination and implementation of the GWEN game changer.
The game changer combined with the CDI will provide an essential contribution to the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework objectives on capacity development.
Alliance partners are strongly positioned in the UN-Water family network and are embedded in both global policy formulation processes and local water education implementation activities.
About GWEN Partners
The institute addresses water and sanitation challenges through education, research and capacity development, at global, national, local and even microscopic scales – the latter in their laboratories. The institute focuses on all water-related fields, including social sciences, engineering and more. Their world-class experts teach and research fields such as climate change adaptation, governance, water diplomacy, desalination, water supply, wetlands and sustainable hydropower.
The Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI, works globally to change how water is understood, valued and managed. As advocates and advisors, they show how improved water governance is key to a fairer, more prosperous, and resilient future. SIWI is a not-for-profit institute with a wide range of expertise in water governance – from sanitation and water resources management to water diplomacy. They create knowledge, develop capacity, and offer policy advice to countries, communities, and companies.
Cap-Net is UNDP´s global network for capacity development in sustainable water management within the Global Water and Oceans Governance Support Programme. Our work and strategic directions are in eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions; accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development; and building resilience to crises and shocks. Our vision is “Water Knowledge for All". Our mission is strengthened individual and institutional capacity, and knowledge base to formulate and implement relevant policies, laws and strategies at country, regional, water basin, and source-to-sea scales.
UNESCO is one of the main UN Agencies engaged in water science, knowledge and policy issues. UNESCO works to build the scientific knowledge base to help countries manage their water resources in a sustainable way through the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), through leading the UN-wide World Water Development Report and through numerous Centres and Chairs on water around the world.
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Manager Liaison Office
Gaetano is an expert in Project Cycle Management and has a broad knowledge of donor programmes. Recently he has also started representing IHE Delft in relevant water sector platforms at European level. Gaetano has an MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Water Services Management. Previously he has worked as Quality Manager in the commercial sector. He has also been board member of a small NGO conducting water and sanitation projects in developing countries.
Yasmina Rais El-Fenni
Senior Programme Officer
Yasmina is the gender focal point ensuring gender mainstreaming is incorporated in policy, reporting and programmes. She also coordinates monitoring and evaluation and reporting of all activities; coordination of training manuals development; virtual course development; fundraising strategies and donor engagement conceptualization and communication and outreach development