International Office for Water (IOW)

Office international de l'eau (OIEau)
Oficina Internacional del Agua
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Founded Sep 1991, on the initiative of the French Government, with support from U-XG8887 - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC) and E-XE4161 - UNEP. Also referred to as IOWater.


Provide training for sustainable development and sound management of water resources respecting the environment; contribute to building up local capacity in the water and environment sector by developing ideas and sectoral strategies, especially with regard to development of human resources; within the European Union and the main developed countries, develop exchanges and services to improve water resources management, ecological quality of surroundings, waste water treatment and prevention of diffused pollution by a more integrated approach among users within EU; participate in joint efforts to support Central and Eastern European countries, Africa, Latin America, Mediterranean and developing countries.


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Board of Directors; International Steering Committee; Scientific and Technical Council; International Orientation Council (CIO); Orientation Committee for African and Mediterranean Countries; Network of Experts; K-XK2323 - International Institute for Water Administration.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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