In a recent meeting between Madam France Marquet, the Representative of the South Asian Foundation (SAF) to UNESCO, and Mr. Stefan Winkler, Director of the Goethe Institute, Sri Lanka, key discussions were held regarding the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Centre for South Asia Water Management (UMCSAWM). The meeting focused on briefing Mr. Winkler about the center's pivotal role and the establishment of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Resources Management in South Asia, located at the University of Moratuwa, the UMCSAWM serves as a dynamic hub for innovation and collaboration in the realm of water resources management. It stands as a testament to the commitment to addressing the critical challenges facing South Asia in the domain of water sustainability. The center integrates cutting-edge research, specialized training programs, and a wealth of comprehensive information, positioning itself as a focal point for advancing sustainable water management practices in the region.
The establishment of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Resources Management further solidifies the center's dedication to fostering expertise and knowledge in the field. This initiative is expected to play a pivotal role in promoting collaborative efforts, knowledge exchange, and capacity building among stakeholders in South Asia.
Madam France Marquet expressed her optimism about the collaboration, emphasizing the importance of international partnerships in addressing the pressing issues related to water resources. Mr. Stefan Winkler, in turn, acknowledged the significance of such initiatives and conveyed his institute's commitment to supporting endeavors that contribute to sustainable development.
Mr. Stefan Winkler, Director of the Goethe Institute, Sri Lanka with Mme France Marquet, SAF Representative to UNESCO
The meeting concluded with a shared commitment to continued collaboration, recognizing the UMCSAWM and the UNESCO Chair as vital instruments in the pursuit of effective and sustainable water resources management in South Asia. The efforts of these institutions are poised to make a lasting impact on the region's ability to navigate the challenges posed by water scarcity and environmental sustainability.