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Water4All partnership attended the XVIII World Water Congress organised by the IWRA (International Water Resources Association) in Beijing from the 11 to 15 of September. 

It was a very good opportunity to explore future potential collaborations between Water4All and China. During the congress, this issue was discussed with the director of the Department of International Cooperation, Science and Technology, in the Ministry of Water Resources, who would convey the message to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) for further dialogue.

The Water4All  Partnership was presented during a session.

This main event gathered experts, scholars, and delegates from 83 countries and regions, as well as 36 international organizations,

The “Beijing Declaration” calls on countries around the world to efficiently use and effectively protect water resources;

In total 4 High-level plenary Sessions, 36 Regular Sessions, 74 Special Sessions, 15 Side Events and more than 130 reports were held, focusing on 6 sub-themes, 44 topics. Additionally, more than 80 exhibitions related to the water area were organized.

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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.