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    Why we can’t look for peace until we look for water

    In a new podcast series, launched today by Good Will Hunters, global development leaders, including former Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull, are raising the alarm about the growing global water crisis. With the COVID-19 pandemic and current conflicts in the Middle East and Ethiopia exacerbated by scarce water resources, leaders are calling for […]

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    Outcomes from International Women’s Day and World Water Day 2021

    International Women’s Day (8 March) and World Water Day (22 March) provided an important opportunity to promote Australia’s development support for women and water, and their invaluable contribution to climate-resilient communities. Women, water and climate change are inextricably linked. Clean, safe and accessible water for everyone in the community plays a critical role in addressing […]

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  • How Yarra Valley Water is challenging perceptions of gender roles in the water utility sector

    Women, water and climate change are inextricably linked. Clean, safe and accessible water for everyone in the community plays a critical role in addressing poverty and contributing to economic and human development. Cohesive and fair communities are naturally more resilient, including to shocks from a changing climate or disease outbreaks. Through the Australian Water Association […]

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    Australia and UN Food and Agriculture Organization renew partnership

    On 8 December 2020, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Australian Water Partnership, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) was extended for a further two and a half years (until June 2023). The MoU—originally established in December 2017—was signed […]

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    Asian Water Development Outlook 2020 published

    The Asian Development Bank and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum has virtually launched the fourth edition of the Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) report. Asian Water Development Outlook 2020 recognises the critical role water security plays on the road to achieving sustainable development, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic which has stressed crucial links between health and the […]

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    Outcomes from the Innovate 4 Water marketplace for sustainable development

    Australia supports and prioritises water for development with an annual investment of roughly AU$130 million, which includes the Water for Women Fund (focusing on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and the Australian Water Partnership (focusing on Water Resource Management). However, globally, there remains an annual gap of US$140 billion when it comes to achieving SDG6. In […]

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  • Aerial view of Amu Darya River at the State border between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Central Asia (credit: Dynamoland/Adobe Stock).

    Partnering to support water sector reforms and applying Australian expertise in Central Asia

    Uzbekistan is undergoing an economic and social transformation. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is prosecuting an aspirational reform agenda spanning numerous sectors of the country’s economy. Reflecting the optimism of many observers, The Economist declared Uzbekistan its 2019 ‘country of the year’, an award that ‘celebrates improvement’. In 2020, it is the turn of Uzbekistan’s agricultural water […]

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  • Working towards Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion

    The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) has accelerated its commitment to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) by undertaking a policy review and incorporating better disability inclusion to address recommendations from the review. AWP also hosted a training session and workshop for Partners which included capacity development in disability inclusion. The AWP GESI Policy was developed […]

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  • Australian Water Partnership gathers for its 4th annual workshop to discuss partnering to address water security in the Indo-Pacific

    The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) held its 4th annual Partners Workshop in Sydney on 5–6 February 2020, themed ‘Partnering to address water security in the Indo-Pacific region’ with a focus on networking and collaboration. The two-day workshop focused on how the AWP can best harness partnerships to address water security and management challenges in the […]

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