Linking Education and Water in the Sustainable Development Goals

Yuto Kitamura, Eri Yamazaki, Norichika Kanie, D. Brent Edwards Jr., Binaya Raj Shivakoti, Bijon Kumer Mitra, Naoya Abe, Andante Hadi Pandyaswargo and Casey Stevens • 21-05-2014
Linking Education and Water in the Sustainable Development Goals

The International Workshop on Governance 'of' and 'for' Sustainable Development Goals, held 1 February 2014, in New York, USA, resulted in a series of policy briefs, whereof this is the second.

Key messages of Policy Brief #2:

1.     In the development of the post-2015 development agenda, the water-education nexus offers opportunities for dealing with a variety of different sustainable development challenges including: inequity in education, disaster recovery, and local mobilization.

2.     In order to respond to water-related sustainability challenges, people worldwide need to acquire "water literacy." The term is used here to refer to appropriate knowledge about various aspects of water use and management in order to ensure safer water consumption and to contribute to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). We believe that water literacy can be acquired by obtaining basic literacy competencies and a certain level of education.

3.     In order to create opportunities for people to gain the knowledge and skills they need so that they can respond effectively to water-related sustainability challenges, it is essential that government representatives and other stakeholders acquire an accurate understanding of water-related issues and that systems be established for implementing concrete measures.

The workshop was organized by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), the Earth System Governance Project and the POST2015 project (hosted by Tokyo Institute of Technology and sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Japan). It brought together international scholars and practitioners with expertise on global environmental governance to discuss some key questions relating to the governance of, and governance for, the post-2015 development agenda. The scope of the workshop was the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with particular focus on how integrated SDGs (of development and environmental agenda) could be governed in the post-2015 era.

The resulting policy briefs were officially released at the policy forum: 'Governance', 'Education' and the Architecture of the Sustainable Development Goals, held 22 May 2014, in New York and co-organized by UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the POST2015 Project (hosted by Tokyo Institute of Technology). This event aims to inform discussions taking place at the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by identifying key questions relating to the architecture and implementation of the SDGs. 


Download Policy Brief #2 here (pdf).

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