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5th Delft Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Development launches International Water Leadership programme

IWC CEO Mark Pascoe and Senior Lecturer and Education Program Manager Dr Brian McIntosh recently travelled to Delft, Netherlands to participate in the 5th Delft Symposium on Water Sector Capacity Development, and to attend the launch of the new Australian-Dutch International Water Leadership programme.

The Symposium asked the question: Who is taking the lead in knowledge and capacity development across sectors, disciplines and other boundaries, so it can be leveraged to become more effective and efficient?

"Water is no longer an exclusive problem of the developing countries," said keynote speaker Guy Alaerts, Professor of Knowledge and Capacity Development at UNESCO-IHE and Lead Water Resources Specialist at the World Bank. "Increasing water consumption and the water footprint have become a water problem for the industrialising world as a whole. We are now in the same boat".

Professor Alaerts called for a greater focus on developing water leadership through education programmes, as a way of addressing a key skills need across the sector.

In response to this need for education in water leadership, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Nyenrode Business Universiteit and International WaterCentre (IWC) have joined to offer the International Water Leadership programme, due to start in 2014.

IWC CEO Mark Pascoe said, "IWC welcomes the opportunity to work with UNESCO and Nyenrode in this UN year of Water Co-operation to contribute toward developing our future water leaders."

Approximately 230 Symposium participants from 60 countries attended the launch of the programme on 31st May, hosted by Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook on behalf of UNESCO-IHE.

Associate Professor Jan Luijendijk of UNESCO-IHE opened the launch. Dr Brian McIntosh explained the purpose and structure of the program, created to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities of emerging leaders across the global water sector to more successfully implement the challenging projects necessary to underpin water security, healthy communities and healthy ecosystems in the 21st century.

This new program is based on the success of IWC's own Water Leadership Program launched in 2011 and led by Dr André Taylor, Leadership Specialist at IWC.



Martin de Wit (Nyenrode), Mark Pascoe, Stefan Uhlenbrook (UNESCO-IHE)

shake hands upon the launch of the International Water Leadership Programme   


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Martin de Wit (Nyenrode), Carel Keuls (UNESCO-IHE), Mark Pascoe (IWC), Jan Luijendijk (UNESCO-IHE),
Dr Brian McIntosh (IWC), Stefan Uhlenbrook (UNESCO-IHE) celebrate the programme launch.


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