Linking education and water in the sustainable development goals

POST2015/UNU-IAS Policy Brief
Policy Brief #2
Policy Brief

1.  In the development of the post-2015 development agenda, the water-education nexus offers opportunities for dealing with a variety of different sustainable development challenges including: inequity in education, disaster recovery, and local mobilization.
2.  In order to respond to water-related sustainability challenges, people worldwide need to acquire "water literacy." The term is used here to refer to appropriate knowledge about various aspects of water use and management in order to ensure safer water consumption and to contribute to
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). We believe that water literacy can be acquired by obtaining basic literacy competencies and a certain level of education.
3.  In order to create opportunities for people to gain the knowledge and skills they need so that they can respond effectively to water-related sustainability challenges, it is essential that government representatives and other stakeholders acquire an accurate understanding of water-related issues and that systems be established for implementing concrete measures.

Author:
Yuto Kitamura
Eri Yamazaki,
Norichika Kanie
D. Brent Edwards Jr.
Naoya Abe
Andante Hadi Pandyaswargo
Casey Stevens
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