Organiser: International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
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 interlinkages 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 urbanisation.
IWRA’s Online Conference “One Water, One Health: Water, Food and Public Health in a Changing World” in collaboration with the FAO will address these challenges and priorities. The conference will be held from 7 to 9 June 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.
The Director of UNU-FLORES, Professor Edeltraud Guenther, will deliver a keynote speech during the closing ceremony of this event taking place on 9 June 2021, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Following the huge success (+ 1,450 attendees from 130 countries) of the IWRA 2020 Online Conference on “Addressing Groundwater Resilience under Climate Change”, organised with the support of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP), the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), and the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the IWRA Executive Board have decided to make the IWRA Online Conference an annual event, and have proposed to hold the 2nd conference from 7 to 9 June 2021 on the theme of: “One Water, One Health: Water, Food and Public Health in a Changing World.”