About The Water Decade

In December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution to designate a new decade focused on global water challenges, the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development.” In response, a Canada-wide consortium of research institutions and related organizations has assembled to jointly host the secretariat for the new Water Decade.

Water For Peace

Water insecurity and climate change constitute a leading threat to world peace. Achieving water security is thus crucial to economic and political stability. The Water Decade for Action (2018-2028) is a response to this challenge.

A Canada-wide alliance of water-focused research institutions and organizations aims to directly support the Water Decade for Action.

The International Water Decade Alliance (IWDA) draws on Canada’s strengths, from peacekeeping and women’s rights to environmental sustainability and water diplomacy, in response to global water security challenges.

Water is a Human Right

Access to clean water and sanitation is a prerequisite for peace and prosperity. However, water related challenges, be they flood, drought, contaminated surface and groundwater, and conflict arising from water politics, are increasing due to population growth, the rise of the middle class, and the effects of climate change.

Recognizing these challenges, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2018–2028 the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”. The Water Action Decade commenced on World Water Day, March 22, 2018.

The Decade highlights the importance of promoting efficient water usage at all levels, taking into account the water, food, energy, environment nexus, and stresses the importance of the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including women, children, young people, older persons, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and local communities.

The Global Challenge

Insufficient water management puts water availability and food production at risk, creating the urgent need to address these issues globally.
Some global statistics and future trends of water security and sanitation:

Some global statistics and future trends of water security and sanitation:

News & Events

Indigenous Canadians Speak for Water on World Water Day 2018

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Indigenous Canadians spoke out on World Water Day 2018, the start…

Water for Sustainable Development 2018–2028

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) makes remarks…

UN launches the new Water Decade for Action

Opening of the joint Member States exhibition “Water Action…

Tajikistan to host the first major conference of the Water Decade for Action

President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon Credit: wsdconf2018.org The…

IWDA prepares to discuss Canada’s national water vision

Rezi Moridi Ontario Minister of Research Innovation and…