On 24 April, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia, Zarko Obradovic, signed an agreement on the establishment of a Centre for “Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change” in Belgrade, Serbia, as a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO.
“The Centre will play an important role in South East Europe,” said the Director-General. “It will foster scientific cooperation and the exchange of information among different organizations involved in sustainable water resources management.”
The Minister underlined that the Centre will undertake these functions within “the framework of relevant ongoing UNESCO initiatives, in particular the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and the family of Water Chairs and Centres”.
The Centre will act as a regional Centre in South East Europe focusing on cooperation in the areas of applied research, water management, development and promotion of adaptation strategies, capacity development, and research for application, education, and training in the field of climate change impact on water resources management and the adaptation to such impacts.