Advancing towards the Water Action Agenda with the Sustainable Water Management Professional Certificate

By SDG Academy

We can’t put a value on water. It is one of the most relevant resources for the prosperity of the people and the planet. In the future, water will play an even more important role. At the mid-point of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the importance of water and its management to achieve the SDGs, particularly SDG 6 – sustainable water and sanitation for all – is more relevant than ever. 

More recently, the need for accelerating action and change was reiterated during the United Nations (UN) Water Conference 2023. Celebrated last March 22nd -24th, member states, along with stakeholders, organizations – including the SDG Academy – and more, came together to agree on this new set of commitments, pledges, and actions across all sectors.

This new framework for solutions resulted in the Water Action Agenda, which represents a new opportunity to commit to action and sustain and scale up implementation. But how exactly can we implement this new Agenda? And how can we ensure it is aligned with the SDGs? 

Only through the mobilization of global expertise can we promote practical solutions for the water and sanitation crisis and the SDGs. In sum, we must implement the knowledge that will lead to action. The newest Professional Certificate by the SDG Academy aims to do just this, as it focuses on promoting the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle these challenges and achieve sustainable water management. 

The knowledge that leads to action: what you’ll learn 

The learnings presented in the Sustainable Water Management Professional Certificate are directly interlinked with the solutions and commitments proposed in the Water Action Agenda. Firstly, participants will learn about a range of topics that include finance, policy, development, the role of stakeholders, and more and how all of these are intertwined. The importance of the Water Action Agenda relies on this to deliver on the commitments and focus on establishing the SDG6 acceleration framework, which can only be done through the cooperation and collaboration of all parties and stakeholders. 

Secondly, following the guiding principles of the Action Agenda, the Certificate will explore new ways in which substantial, innovative, and transformative commitments for water protection can be linked and contribute directly to the SDGs. This is done by educating about the types of transboundary cooperation needed to achieve the Goals and transboundary water cooperation.

Finally, and most importantly, the Certificate offers principles, international water law case studies, and management tools on transboundary water. Learning about these tools and stories to improve the sustainable management of water is beneficial not only for inspiring change but also for replication, which is one of the guiding principles of the Water Action Agenda. Consequently, participants will be able to take the knowledge acquired and build coalitions and partnerships in their communities and spheres to replicate and scale up.

As we slowly approach September and the SDG Summit and we look forward to the future, we need to remember that the prosperity of the planet and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda can only be attainable through educating and mobilizing expertise about the care and protection of our most precious resource, water. 

To learn more and join this Professional Certificate on Sustainable Water Management, enroll NOW here. 

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