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Introduction to UNESCO Water Resilience Challenge 2023: Youth Action for Water

The Water Agency has officially initiated UNESCO Water Resilience Challenge 2023: Youth Action for Water, together with UNESCO, fostering youth actions to develop innovative solutions for water resilience in UNESCO-designated sites.

UNESCO-designated sites, including Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Global Geoparks, and World Heritage Sites, situated in diverse geographical landscapes, encounters challenges such as a range of natural hazards, water-related issues, and extreme weather events. This vulnerability threatens not only these sites but also the livelihoods of local communities. Adding to these pressures, uncontrolled urbanisation, unsustainable food production, tourism and rapid population growth strain water availability and quality. Hence, balancing the preservation of UNESCO-designated sites with the demand for water resources requires innovative solutions and (cross-border) cooperation between communities, governments, universities and other stakeholders.

UNESCO Water Resilience Challenge 2023 aims to connect youth activities with the World Water Forum 2024, empowering young leaders to contribute their innovative solutions and perspectives to become advocates and agents of change for water resilience within UNESCO-designated sites. Organized by The Water Agency, this event will feature main activities including training sessions, workshops, expert mentoring, checkpoints, and solution pitching. The winning teams will be granted the opportunity to showcase their solutions at the World Water Forum 2024.

We invite youths from 10 Southeast Asian countries to participate in this challenge. If you wish to engage in this exciting journey, kindly register and join us. Participants will benefit from mentorship by experience professionals from diverse fields, facilitating the incorporation of real-life solutions into their ideas. For detailed registration information, please refer to the link provided below.

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