The UNESCO network of higher educational and research institutions in Asia region pool their resources, both human and financial, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of societies. In many instances, the UNESCO Water family - centres, chairs and committees serve as think tanks and bridge builders between academia, civil society, local communities, research, and policymaking around the world.
At the occasion of the Silk Road of Knowledge online conference held on 25-27 November 2020, a pre-conference online event on “UNESCO Water Family: Cooperation in Education and Science in Central Asia” will be organized on 24th November 2020 by the German-Kazakh University in partnership with UNESCO office in Almaty. The UNESCO water-related centres, chairs and committees who work in the area of sustainable management of water resources in Central Asia (CA), will discuss on their experiences and challenges in conducting their activities, notably during the COVID-19 pandemic and will share lessons learnt on adaptation of their activities under the new reality. The meeting also aims to facilitate discussion among the UNESCO Water family in CA on regional priorities for the next IHP-IX phase. It is expected that the meeting will discuss the following:
- The challenges and opportunities in cooperation under the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Lessons learnt on adaptation of the activities in 2020 and the new vision for 2021;
- Synergies and collaboration within broader UNESCO Water Family in CA, and beyond;
- Bridging education and science in water management in Central Asia.
The meeting aims to identify the needs and to agree on a common approach for promoting better networking and partnership among the UNESCO Water Family - water related research and educational institutions - in the countries of CA and also at sub-regional level. It is expected that the outcomes of the event will feed to the recommendations of the Silk Road of Knowledge conference.