Water Institute hosts virtual international conference on SDGs and COVID-19

Friday, October 2, 2020

The Water Institute’s 2020 research conference - Can we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in a post-COVID world? - took place over the course of three days, and covered five continents. From September 29 to October 1, leading water researchers and practitioners from around the world discussed their work in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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This year's conference was delivered online and included presentations from Water Institute board members, researchers from leading universities and institutes, World Bank experts, and two Stockholm Water Prize winners. Follow on panel discussions reflected on whether the coronavirus pandemic might doom significant progress against the SDGs, or if the pandemic might spur a systemic shift to a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient systems.

Day one: Australia, Asia

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Day one speakers (from left to right, top to bottom): University of Waterloo professor Nandita Basu who moderated the session, Veena Srinivasan, Water Institute Knowledge Mobilization Specialist Nancy Goucher who facilitated the panel discussion Q&A, Wun Jern NgAna Deletic 

Day Two: Africa, Europe

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Day two speakers (from left to right, top to bottom): Eiman Karar, Executive Director of the Water Institute Roy Brouwer who moderated the session,Water Institute Knowledge Mobilization Specialist Nancy Goucher who facilitated the panel discussion Q&A, Amal TalbiMark van Loosdrecht

Day Three: South America, North America

Day three conference webinar

Day three speakers (left to right, top to bottom): Rachel Arsenault, Water Institute Knowledge Mobilization Specialist Nancy Goucher who facilitated the panel discussion Q&A, Luciana Martin Rodrigues FerreiraJoan Rose, University of Waterloo professor Kelsey Leonard who moderated the session. 


The entire conference was recorded and will be available to view on our YouTube channel.

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