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United Nations University

by Khristine Custodio last modified Nov 19, 2013 09:24 AM
The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organization whose mission is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare. Its Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) conceives, develops and manages initiatives for effective water management in many developing countries.

The Institute is the United Nations Think Tank on Water, created by the UNU Governing Council in 1996 to strengthen water management capacity, particularly of developing countries, and to provide on-the-ground project support. Its core funding is provided by the Government of Canada and it is hosted at the McMaster University.

UNU works with leading universities and research institutes in UN Member States, functioning as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system.

The five thematic clusters that the UNU pursues today:

  • Peace, Security and Human Rights
  • Development Governance
  • Population and Health
  • Global Change and Sustainable Development
  • Science, Technology and Society.

More about UNU INWEH

UNU-INWEH focuses on issues in coastal, freshwater and dryland ecosystems particularly in developing countries and usually in rural rather than urban environments. Its research and training activities are committed to increase indigenous capacity – educational, managerial, technological and institutional – for effective water management in many developing countries to overcome barriers such as fragmented, intermittent, donor-driven, project-based approach that has been found to be ineffective.

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UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)

175 Longwood Road South, Suite 204
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 0A1 Canada




+1 905 667 5511
+1 905-667-5510





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