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Cofunded by the European Union

Water security is a global challenge that can only be addressed through international cooperation. The aim of Pillar E  is to strengthen international cooperation in all the different strategic themes of Water4All fully taking into consideration the main scientific needs of partners, their political and socioeconomic context, and best available instruments.

Activities within Pillar E will contribute to:

  • Attracting new partners to create the necessary critical mass for developing innovative solutions and increasing their implementation.
  • Reducing existing barriers for engaging international parties in Water4All’s activities.
  • Providing innovative solutions to end-users outside of Europe to tackle global water-related issues.

Water4All has the objective to support water-related international frameworks and, in particular, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by connecting planned research and innovation activities to the UN SDGs’ targets.

  • Structure details (tasks and subtasks)



    Developing international cooperation research and innovation agreements



    Supporting the achievement and monitoring of the UN SDG6 through practical implementation of solutions worldwide (It will start on phase 2)



    Developing innovative tools for international cooperation


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.