UNESCO acknowledges the link between economic growth and water resources management. The organisation also recognizes that water constitutes a vital element for the attainment of the MDGs. Special attention is given to the following themes:

  • hydrological science for policy relevant advice;
  • education and capacity building responding to the growing needs of sustainable development;
  • water resources assessment and management to achieve environmental sustainability. 

The International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO is an interdisciplinary programme devoted to water research, water resources management, Education and capacity building.

UNESCO established as a World Water Day  the 22 March in an attempt to promote the above mentioned objectives.


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