UNICEF joins forces with the Water Research Commission on water, sanitation and hygiene and environmental activities and projects

25 July 2022
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UNICEF South Africa Representative, Christine Muhigana and the Water Research Commission CEO, Dr Jennifer Molwantwa at the signing of the memorandum of understanding.

UNICEF South Africa and the Water Research Commission of South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate, support, and implement joint Water Resources and Ecosystems, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Water Quality, Climate Change, Food Systems and Nutrition, Youth and Sanitation, and Citizen Science projects and activities in the Southern African region and beyond.

“The reality is that children are greatly affected by climate change and there is a critical need to act collectively to mitigate this global crisis. As an agency with a dual humanitarian-development mandate, we are able to serve children both during sudden-onset climate impacts and slower-emerging effects,” said UNICEF South Africa Representative, Christine Muhigana.

UNICEF South Africa looks forward to this exciting partnership with the Water Research Commission.

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About Water Research Commission

The WRC was established in terms of the Water Research Act (Act No 34 of 1971), following a period of serious water shortage. It was deemed to be of national importance to generate new knowledge and to promote the country’s water research purposefully, owing to the view held that water would be one of South Africa’s most limiting factors in the 21st century. In 1971 when the WRC was founded, water research and development (R&D) in South Africa was limited to a few institutions and the funding level inadequate. There was no research co-ordination and an apparent neglect of some key research fields. In addition, there was little strategic direction or leadership that would provide for the identification of priority areas or appropriate technology transfer. It was to address these issues, that the WRC was established. Visit the WRC website.


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