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Christopher Scott, Robert Varady, Adriana Zuniga-Teran, and America Lutz-Ley of the Udall Center attended the XVI World Water Congress of the International Water Resources Association, held in Cancún, Mexico, from May 29 to June 3, 2017. Together with research and practitioner collaborators from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, they co-organized the special session “Water security and global change adaptation: bridging science and policy”, held on Wednesday, May 31
On Thursday, June 1st, the team discussed future directions with partners working on collaborative projects funded by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) - International Water Security Network (IWSN) – all under the umbrella of the AQUASEC Center of Excellence for Water Security.
As a final outcome of the XVI World Water Congress, the Cancún Declaration was presented at the end of the event to call for improved water security and management by further bridging science and policy as a way to achieve the goals of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
The XVI World Water Congress was organized by the International Water Resources Association (IWRA), the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA), and the Mexican National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities (ANEAS, A.C.).