Currently, the whole world has been focused on public health with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also disrupted farming, production, and shipping, highlighting the fragilities of the interconnected systems we all depend upon. Water is a critical factor in both agriculture and food processing, as well as in nutrition and broader human health issues. This complex nexus of sectors is often treated in silos, from both science and policy perspectives. Examining the inter-linkages between water, food and public health is now more critical than ever, especially as the world changes in response to the stressors of pandemics, climate change, population growth, and urbanization.
IWRA’s Online Conference in collaboration with the FAO will address these challenges and priorities. The conference will be held from June 7th to 9th, 2021, and its main goal is to promote the sharing and exchange of the latest scientific and policy knowledge on the links between Water, Food, and Public health for the sustainable governance, use, and management of these resources globally.
Thanks to the generous support of FAO to this online water event, we are able to grant free access for all registered attendees. We particularly welcome participation by experts from Africa, low income countries, women and youth. FAO’s support will also ensure open access to all conference related materials.
The generous UNESCO contribution to this event will support this online conference themes, debates and results, particularly on “How can science better inform public policy, governance and capacity building for water, food and health?” (Theme 5). This theme will also help to further on the implementation of UNESCO’s Phase Eight of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (2014-2021).
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