UNU-INWEH at McMaster Water Week
As part of McMaster Water Week, the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) held several events at McMaster Innovation Park and the main McMaster University campus. The first event held on Tuesday October 7th was the presentation of diplomas to the 2014 graduates of Water Without Borders, a collaborative graduate program between UNU-INWEH and McMaster University.
The Water Without Borders program demonstrates the strong link between McMaster University and UNU-INWEH. More than 30 students have graduated through this program since its inception, involving more than 15 faculty from both institutions. This year’s graduates were Dr. Sarah Dickin, who developed an index to map vulnerability to dengue fever; Mr. Ahmed El Ganzouri, who developed a community rainwater harvesting model; Ms. Naomi Mahaffy, who evaluated plastic biosand filters for household water treatment; Ms. Haley McCormick, who investigated how and to what extent NGOs in Uganda are involved in sustainable land management policy; and Mr. Chris Stanley who developed a framework for integrated water, sanitation, hygiene, and HIV/AIDs community development.
The second event, which culminated in a public high-level panel event at McMaster University, was a two-day consultative workshop to explore country-level response to sustainable development. Participants from the UN, water think tanks, development agencies, and academia joined UNU-INWEH and its partners, the Global Water Partnerhip and McMaster University, in discussing national development information from seven countries as it pertains to water. This event was part of a larger country-level study aimed to explore the convergences and disconnects between these national plans and the current global dialogues around sustainable development goals that will continue the work of the Millennium Development goals post-2015. Building upon a global report released in November 2013, preliminary findings suggest a wide range of priorities between countries and significant gaps both in information and in capacity to undertake sustainable water sector expansion.
Thank you to all who attended McMaster Water Week. In total, there were over 400 participants in McMaster Water Week activities, and we look forward to participating in another successful run next year.