Wishing you a safe and happy festive season and New Year from the IWC!
The International WaterCentre has had another busy year between training the world’s future water leaders through our education, training and capacity development programs, and actively participating in global efforts to build a more sustainable and water secure world.
In February 49 water professionals from 21 countries joined the IWC in Brisbane to begin the challenging and exciting journey that is the Master of Integrated Water Management, while 28 Masters students from 16 countries graduated this year and joined the IWC’s Alumni group.
IWC's excellence in providing world-class education and training shone through in our diverse portfolio of programs equipping many national and international water professionals with vital skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to tackle integrated water management challenges. We were proud to launch a new co-badged Online Team Leadership Course aimed at young water professionals with the Australian Water Association earlier in the year.
Our organisation showed its true sense of collaboration through hosting water professionals from the Asian Development Bank as well as groups from Sri Lanka and Indonesia, showcasing a number of innovative urban water initiatives in South East Queensland as well as approaches to integrated water management across Queensland and the Murray Darling Basin.
We were also present on the international stage, hosting the WASH Futures Conference 2016 in Brisbane in May where over 400 delegates from around the world joined us to discuss how we can create sustainable pathways to universal WASH access. In September at Stockholm World Water Week, we joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the European launch of the Asian Water Development Outlook 2016 and convened an Eye on Asia session on water security in green cities within the event “Operationalising green cities: technologies and their benefits” with the ADB and Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.
During the IWA World Water Congress in Brisbane in October we led a number of activities including the Global Water Shapers networking event, workshops on building leadership and facilitated the Australian launch of the Asian Water Development Outlook 2016. Finally in November we were represented at the Budapest Water Summit, where we contributed to the drafting of the Budapest Statement 2016 and co-presented at the Summit’s DroughtAction side-event.
Closer to home our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in the Pacific made headway through facilitating a series of workshops and improving access to water and sanitation facilities in the Solomon Islands, PNG, Fiji and Vanuatu. We published key research findings in two of our projects in the Pacific - Fostering Sustainable WASH Marketplaces and the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (PACCWASH) Project, and a behaviour change toolkit with Uniting World PNG for handwashing with soap now being piloted in Milne Bay Province.
We are looking forward to 2017 with anticipation and excitement – with more water professionals beginning our Masters program, being transformed into water leaders through our Water Leadership Program, and with WASH practitioners building their capacity through our online training courses and partnerships across the Asia-Pacific.
Finally, and most importantly, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our staff, partners, supporters, and all those who have collaborated with us throughout the year for their hard work, dedication, vision and ongoing support. The IWC would not be what it is without the valuable contributions from all of these individuals and organisations.
On behalf of the IWC team, I wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we look forward to working with you again in 2017!