At the Jaroslav Černi Water Institute, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, an International Seminar on Water Equity in Different Regions of the World under the Climate Change was held.
With the support of the Serbian National Commission for UNESCO, the seminar was jointly organized by the Center for Water for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation under the auspices of UNESCO (WSDAC) and Center for Research and Training in Urban Drainage, under the auspices of UNESCO (IRTCUD) in cooperation with Jaroslav Černi Water Institute.
In the presence of numerous participants from the country and abroad, the Seminar was opened by Ms. Aleksandra Kovač, Secretary-General of the Serbian National Commission for UNESCO and the Head of UNESCO Division. The seminar was run by the prof. Dr Aleksandar Djukic, Director of the IRTCUD Center, and Dr. Brankica Majkić-Dursun, Director of the WSDAC Center, who presented the official report of the UN World Water Development Report 2019 – Leaving No One Behind).
The Seminar was attended by more than 30 participants from three countries and presentations were given by representatives of the following institutions: Faculty of Civil Engineering Sultan Kabuz University of Oman, Institute of Technology, Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka from India, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology of the University of Belgrade and the Jaroslav Černi Water Institute.
Key results of the seminar:
Identifying approaches to promote sustainable and equitable integrated water management at different countries; enhancing the understanding among participants of WWDR 2019’s main messages; sharing knowledge regarding water supply in different parts of the world with special focus on problems in rural-urban areas, different water supply technologies and new opportunities: sharing the results of the latest studies related to the climate change impacts on the water resources and, increasing synergies and strengthening UNESCO’s network in Serbia, as well as involving youth and women from different countries interested in water sector.
Water equity is both a global and local challenge, especially under the expected climate change. The participants agreed that access to safe drinking water and sanitation services are basic human rights and need to be available for all. Scientists and decision makers should work together and improve their knowledge and up to date results in achieving sustainable and equitable development.
The participants expressed their satisfaction with the Seminar and the selection of themes and agreed to further develop and improve cooperation and exchange of experiences from different regions of the world and institutions in order to improve the water sector.