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On 13th February 2023, the Water4All - Partnership was present at the #GSTICRio, an international conference hosted by G-STIC: Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Community, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The conference was focused on several topics, among which #water and #international partnerships were on the agenda.

Thank you very much to Antonio Lo Porto and katrien van hooydonk for your commitment and for representing the partnership during the event, as well as to VITO WaterClimateHub for facilitating the invitation of Water4All to contribute to the water sessions. The sessions accounted with a very diverse audience, including on-site participants and online attendees from all around the globe. It was a very nice opportunity to showcase the importance of initiatives such as Water4All for the Agenda 2030 and #sustainabledevelopment, namely #SDG6 (water and sanitation for all) and #SDG17 (partnerships for the goals). The interest in global networks working on the water keeps on growing, and we hope to see Water4All go above and beyond on the internationalization strategy!

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The Water4All Partnership - Water Security for the Planet - is a funding programme for scientific research in freshwater. It aims to tackle water challenges to face climate change, help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

It is co-funded by the European Union within the frame of the Horizon Europe programme (a key funding programme for research and innovation). The Partnership duration is for seven years from 2022.

The Water4All objective is to enable water security at a large scale and in the long term. Its goal is also to tackle water issues in a holistic frame. 

All forms of life on earth need water. All human activities operate with this resource. Water is part of our everyday life. It is also integrated within urban and countryside landscapes. It is one of the most valuable elements we share with plants and animals.

These simple facts must be kept in mind to understand the Water4All ambition.

This resource is weakened in many places due to climate changes, and human habits. We know that we can improve the way we use water. Everyone has a role to play and especially the scientific research community.

Scientific research is the heart of the Partnership as It is a powerful tool to improve knowledge on preserving, restoring, and managing this essential resource. 

International cooperation is also needed as water has no borders on Earth and runs from one country to another.

Water4All brings together a broad and cohesive group of 90 partners from 33 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) chain.