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Happy World Toilet Day

A reminder that today is World Toilet Day from Marie Sagen, the new young ambassador for International Water Week! Today is World Toilet Day!! Yes, seriously, it’s even an official UN thing Understand why by reading this poster. And please share it! Or perhaps you could print one out and hang up at a local toilet […]

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WAUW+ Dream of Floating Cities

Floating life overcomes the major challenges we see for the future. Challenges like depletion of nutrients and land becoming scarce because water recovers land, population is growing and the need of more agricultural land to feed the growing population. In order to be ready for the future, we need to make progressive decisions to innovate […]

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Meet Mr Bart de Vos from Belgium

  Biography Born and raised in West Flanders (Belgium), I got involved in water issues at a young age. It all started with my participation in the World Water Youth Forum in Istanbul in 2009. This motivated me to be involved in local youth initiatives on water and environment. In 2012, I was elected president […]

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Video messages from the Budapest Water Summit

Thanks to Dona Geagea for creating this video!  

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Budapest Water Summit – Conclusion

The Budapest Water Summit ended last Friday. For the youth, the summit it ended in applause. For three days, we have been working hard to share our thoughts and get our joint visions on paper. Five sessions were organised by youth organisations involved in the Water Sector: UNCSD Major group of children and youth, IWA […]

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Youths are development partner for financing the implementation of water and sanitation SDGs

By Prabin Rokaya, Director, Jagaran Nepal (a youth-led NGO from Nepal) Most of the conferences are only focussed on identifying problems and recommending solutions without adequate discourse on legal, institutional and financial mechanisms to implement those recommendations. Budapest Water Summit Youth Forum was different in a way that it had separate sessions on Water Governance, […]

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Intergenerational dialogue on how youth can improve water governance convened in Budapest Water Summit

By Akewak Yadeta Gobosho and Rozemarijn ter Horst   Highlights: Youth water Ambassador programme is important tool in addressing lack of coordination in WASH sector (Alix Lerebours). Intergovernmental panel dedicated to water sector is recommended to tackle the problem of SPI (Maelis Monnier) The youth should grab the communication channel to get their voice heard […]

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Budapest Water Summit – Science Forum on Governance

  The second session of the science forum was devoted to governance. It was clear from the beginning that the challenges faced by current water governance are numerous. Stressing this idea, the panel discussion was titled ‘Good water governance: Is it existing?’, directly appealing the guest panellists and the audience for an intense debate. The […]

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The role of Youth in Integrated Water Resource Management for the 21st century

By Natalija Milicevic & Akewak Yadeta Gobosho The session opened with János Fehér, from the Hungarian chapter of the International Water Association, who provided a concise introduction to Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). According to Mr. Fehér balancing water for livelihood and water as a resource requires applying the three pillars of IWRM; economic efficiency, […]

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If Water is Life, Sanitation is Dignity

The Budapest Summit began with a session on the theme of Striving for Universal access to WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene). For the whole morning, youth from different countries gathered to discuss why sanitation remains as a low priority in water governance. One of the presenters, Luca di Mario, asked a provocative question: why aren’t we […]

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