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UN Water Virtual Learning Centre

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UNU-INWEH in partnership with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has developed a distance learning program in Integrated Water Resources Management. The program is directed to practicing professionals in the water sector wishing to upgrade their knowledge of modern water management concepts and practices. The Water Virtual Learning Centre (WVLC) promotes sustainable water management through a core curriculum on IWRM that offers opportunities for continuing education and skills upgrading.  This training and capacity-development programme is administered and executed via a regional network of training institutions and universities, supported by a core website, which collectively serve as a “virtual” learning centre.

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Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) – Help water and sanitation operators help one another

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Water Operators’ Partnerships (WOPs) are peer-support arrangements between two or more water or sanitation operators, carried out on a not-for-profit basis in the objective of strengthening their capacity. WOPs are being promoted as a simple but effective method of bolstering the ability of water and sanitation service providers to play their full role in delivering quality basic services to all. 

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Water Governance in Transitional Period

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This is advocating the establishment of “National Water Council” as the proper platform for policy and programs that ensure sustainable development in the water sector after the dramatic changes in the  nature and direction of the political setting in Iraq. The new realities of water shortages, increased competition, and intensified control on water resources both at the sources in neighboring countries as well as within the newly federalized state of Iraq, represent enormous challenges for water and political authorities. The exercise of the newly granted powers for local authorities and emergence of civil society and interest groups and  their engagement in the decision making are unprecedented experiences that need to be formulated and framed legally and institutionally. The second and most important step is to establish a properly authorized commission or council to lead the water sector towards adaptation to the new realities in the shadows of serious climate change impact on the country’s water resources.

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Water Without Borders collaborative graduate programme in water, environment and health

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The Water Without Borders programme (WWB) is a collaborative graduate programme in water, environment and health between the United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and McMaster University. It addresses issues of water without borders, either geopolitical or disciplinary. This innovative, collaborative graduate programme is the only one of its kind in North America.  It links the rigour of a traditional university graduate program with the policy training and experience of an international centre of excellence focused on the global water crisis. 

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The Acreditar Training Program: Capacity-building, Employment and Sustainability in the Amazon

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The Acreditar Training Program is an innovative and unprecedented capacity-building program developed and implemented by Odebrecht. The inspiration for the creation of Acreditar was the lack of skilled labor in Porto Velho, the capital of the state of Rondônia, 8 km from the location of the Santo Antônio Hydropower Plant (3,150 MW). A survey of professional skills in the town showed that only 30% the local population would meet the demand for skilled labor required for construction of the plant. This revealed a challenge: the majority of the manpower to work at the construction site would have to come from out of town or state, which could trigger a cycle of explosive population growth, exacerbating the social problems of the city. Acreditar was developed not only to meet the demand for skilled labor, but to reduce the problems caused by migration of workers from other parts of the country and contribute to the development of the region.

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SARAR: Self-esteem / Associative strengths / Resourcefulness / Action planning / Responsibility

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Our solution is the incorporation of the SARAR Participatory Education Methodology into the training of human resources and the promotion and structuring of community-based programs. The development of human resources is at the core of sustainable development. People and communities that are empowered with the necessary knowledge and skills will be the architects of their own development and be able to confront a diverse set of challenges in a rapidly changing social, economic and environmental landscape.

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