The youth action for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 fellowship — initiated by pump solutions company Grundfos and the International Water Association (IWA) in 2022 — saw young water professionals (YWPs) presenting the joint Grundfos-IWA publication at the 5th IWA 2023 emerging water leaders forum in Kigali, Rwanda.
Grundfos also announced that it will continue to support the fellowship by extending the collaboration. The members who have passed the 35-year mark will support the fellowship in an advisory role, giving 10 YWPs a shot to accelerate water action. Grundfos and IWA are said to continue conversations to reinforce the value of youth for the water sector at a global scale.
Grundfos CEO Poul Due Jensen said, “When it comes to safeguarding our precious water resources, we have a responsibility to act now while at the same time be forward-looking. By collaborating with these dedicated young people, we are enabling future water leaders, whose fresh perspectives will lead us towards sustainable water management.”
IWA executive director Kala Vairavamoorthy added, “The fellowship brought 13 YWPs from diverse corners of the world, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries to create a transformative journey. The result of this journey is today’s joint Grundfos-IWA publication.”
The IWA and Grundfos fellowship publication aims to highlight youth in the UN 2030 Agenda, focusing on how the water sector can be transformed by their energy and excellence. It is said to be an anthology of the journey the 13 YWPs have been on. Each chapter is a mosaic of their projects, chosen to reflect their contributions toward achieving SDG6. The publication’s five chapters focus on activating, developing and yielding the contributions from YWPs around the globe, for actors in the water industry and policymakers.