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SDG Academy

Sustainable Water Management

SDG Academy via edX Professional Certificate

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The United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a new set of goals collectively called the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs). This ambitious agenda is a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. This course will focus on the key role water plays in the achievement of the SDGs, and particularly SDG6 about sustainable water and sanitation for all.

Through the course you will gain a better understanding of how water influences lives and livelihoods. You will also learn how your own actions can contribute to a more water wise world. It aims to build theoretical knowledge as well as provide exposure to concrete practices from around the world through a series of case studies related to good water governance.

This course presents multiple facets of governance for transboundary freshwater security – from financing mechanisms to negotiation skills – while emphasizing the urgency of sustainable development and cooperation at many levels.

The range of topics covered includes financing, policy development, roles of stakeholders, and more. A comprehensive understanding of the societal transformations needed to achieve the SDGs is conveyed. This course extends from basic building blocks and concepts to advanced thinking about transboundary governance, and applies theory to practice through examples and case studies. Additionally, this course will divide into the fundamentals of transboundary water security to international water law, water diplomacy, negotiations, institutions, management tools, and sustainable finance.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Water: Addressing the Global Crisis

We are living in a water stressed world. It is a global crisis and therefore we must act now! What can we do to save the planet and ensure availability of water for all by 2030?

Course 2: Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security

This course provides understandings of transboundary freshwater governance in theory and practice. Topics include transboundary freshwater security, international water law, water diplomacy, negotiations, institutions, management tools, and sustainable finance.

Course 3: Transforming Our World: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

What will it take to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?


Taught by

Yumiko Yasuda, Danilo Turk, Jackie King, Aaron Wolf, Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Maria Vink, Sonja Koeppel, Nidhi Nagabhatla, Susanne Schmeier, Astrid Hillers, Barbara Janusz-Pawletta, David Hebart-Coleman, David Grey, Jerome Delli Priscoli, Dr. Therese Sjömander Magnusson, Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook, Dr. John H. Matthews, Dr. Angela Renata Cordeiro Ortigara, Dr. Marianne Kjellén, Dr. Alejandro Jiménez, Prof. Jan Lundqvist, Dr. Nathanial Matthews and Jeffrey D. Sachs


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