UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs



Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work.

The Programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – i.e. in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.



Chairs Programme Water-related UNESCO Chairs

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List of UNESCO Water related Chairs
Regional Distribution

Current Network: 42 Chairs

Chairs in AFRICA
  1. UNESCO Chair in Geohydrology
    Established in 1999 at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa
    Contact: Prof Xu Yongxin (Chairholder)
  2. UNESCO Chair in Water, Women and Decision-making
    établie en 2006 au Centre Ivoirien de Recherche Economique et Sociale (CIRES), Université de Cocody, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).
    Directeur du CIRES, Ibrahim DIARRA +22505629731
  3. UNESCO Chair in Water Management
    Established in 2008 at the University of Bangui, Central African Republic
    Contact: Prof Mabungui Joseph (Responsable de la Chaire)
  4. UNESCO Chair in Women, Science and Reasoned Water Management in West Afri
    Established in 2009 at the University of Lomé, Togo
    Contact: Prof Adolé Isabelle Glitho
  5. UNESCO Chair in Water Resources, Planning and Environmental Engineeri
    Established in 2016 at the Ethiopian Institute of Technology, Mekelle University, Ethiopia
Chairs in the Arab States
  1. UNESCO Chair in Water Resourc
    Established in 1994 at Omdurman Islamic University, Khartoum, Sudan
    Contact: Prof. Dr Ahmed Abdalla Abdelsalam (Chairholder)
  2. UNESCO-EOLSS Chair in Wadi Hydrolo
    Established in 1999 at the University of Jordan, Jordan
    Contact: Prof Shatanawi Muhammad (Chairholder)
  3. UNESCO Chair on Water in Desert and Arid Zon
    Established in 2001 at Al-Fateh University, Tripoli, Lybia
    Contact: Prof Abdulati Rahuma Ali (Chairholder)
  4. UNESCO Chair Water, Women and Decision-maki
    Established in 2006 at the University Al Akhawayn, Ifrane, Morocco
    Contact: Dr El Kasmi Asma (Responsable de la Chaire)
  5. UNESCO interdisciplinary Chair in Sustainable Water Resources Management
    Established in 1998 at the Hassania School of Public Works, Morocco
    Contact: Prof Tazi Sadeq Houria (Responsable de la chaire UNESCO)
Chairs in Asia and Pacific
  1. UNESCO Chair in Water and Environment Management for Sustainable Cities
    Established in 2012 at the Sharif University of Technology, Iran
    Contact: Dr Abrishamchi Ahmad (Chairholder)
  2. UNESCO Chair on Water Reuse at the University of Tehra
    Established in 2014 at the University of Tehran, Iran
    Contact: Prof Sarrafzadeh Mohammad Hossein (Chairholder)
  3. UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Manageme
    Established in 2014 at the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan
    Contact: Dr Abbas Hassan (Chairholder)
  4. UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Groundwater Manageme
    Established in 2007 at the University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan and the Institute of Geo-ecology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Contact: Prof Badamgarav Erdenechimeg
  5. UNESCO Chair in Hydroinformatics for Ecohydrolog
    Established in 2011 at the Capital Normal University, China
    Contact: Prof. Gong Huili (Chairholder)
  6. UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance
    Established in 2010 at the Australian National University, Australia
    Contact: Prof Grafton Quentin (Chairholder)
Chairs in Latin America and the Caribbean
  1. UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Sustainabili
    Established in 2005 at the University of San Carlos, Guatemala
    Contact: Dr. Elfego Edwin Orozco Fuente
  2. UNESCO Chair in Water and Education for Sustainable Developme
    Established in 2013 at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina
    Contact: Dr Schreider Mario
  3. UNESCO Chair on Water and Cultu
    Established in 2015 at the Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the Republic (UDELAR), Uruguay
    Contact: Javier Taks
  4. UNESCO Chair in Water in the Knowledge Socie
    Established in 2008 at the Instituto Mexicano de Technología del Agua, Mexico
    Contact: Prof Francisco Salinas
  5. UNESCO Chair on Water, Women and Developme
    Established in 2006 at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
    Contact: Prof de Miranda Guarda Vera Lúcia (Chairholder)
  6. UNESCO Chair on Water, Women and Governan
    Established in 2014 at the Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales (IGLOBAL), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    Contact: M. Francisco T. Rodriguez
  7. UNESCO Chair in Hydrometeorological Risks
    Established 2016 at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico
    Contact Dr Polioptro Fortunato Martinez Austria
Chairs in Europe and North America
  1. UNESCO Chair on the Theory and Technology of Environmental Safety in Water Resources Control
    Established in 2015 at the Novosibirsk State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Sibstrin, Russian Federation
  2. UNESCO Chair in Ecohydrology Water for Ecosystems and Societi
    Established in 2016 at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
  3. UNESCO Chair in Hydropolitic
    Established in 2015 at the University of Geneva, Switzerland
  4. UNESCO Chair/International Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans on ‘Sustainable Management on Water and Conflict Resolutio
    Established in 2003 at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Contact: Prof Jacques Ganoulis (Network Coordinator)
  5. UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Management and Cultu
    Established in 2013 at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy
    Contact: Dr Lucio Ubertini (Director and Chairholder)
  6. UNESCO Chair on Environmental History: Water and Indigenous Peopl
    Established in 2015 at the University of Arizona, USA
    Contact: Prof David Pietz
  7. UNESCO Chair in Hydrological Change and Water Resources Managemen
    Established in 2010 at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany
    Contact: Prof. Dr-Ing. Nacken Heribert (UNESCO Chairholder)
  8. UNESCO Chair on Integrated River Research and Manageme
    Established in 2014 at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
    Contact: Prof Habersack Helmut (Chairholder)
  9. UNESCO Chair on the prevention and sustainable management of geo-hydrological hazard
    Established in 2016 at the University of Florence, Italy
    Contact: Dr Paolo Canuti
  10. UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Chang
    Established at the University of Quebec, Montreal
    Contact: Dr Yves Prairie
  11. UNESCO Chair in Water Resourc
    Established in 2001 at Irkutsk State University, Russian Federation
    Contact: Smirnov Alexander (Rector); Prof. Tatiana Lichtovannaia
  12. UNESCO Chair in applied membrane sciences for environmen
    Established in 2004 at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier, Institut Européen des Membranes, Montpellier, France
    Contact: Prof Cot Louis (Responsable de la Chaire)
  13. UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Water Service
    Established in 2012 at the Tampere University of Technology, Finland
    Contact: Adjunct Prof Katko Tapio (Chairholder)
  14. UNESCO Chair on Water Access and Sustainabili
    Established in 2013 at University of Cincinnati, USA
    Contact: Pr. Adrian Parr
  15. UNESCO Chair on Water Resources Management and Ecohydrolo
    Established in 2010 at the Water Problem Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation
    Contact: Dr Danilov-Danilyan Viktor (Chairholder); Dr Natalia N. Mitina (Chair Head Deputy)
  16. UNESCO Chair in Water for Ecologically Sustainable Developmen
    Established in 2012 at the University of Belgrade, Serbia
    Contact: Dr Ivetic Marco (Chairholder)
  17. UNESCO Chair for Water Related Disaster Risk Reductio
    Contact: Dr Matjaž Mikoš
  18. UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences
    Established in 2016 at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Chair on Water Resources Management
    Established in 2016 at the German-Kazakh University, Kazakhstan

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Water Related Disasters and Hydrological Changes
Groundwater in Changing Environment
Addressing Water Scarcity and Quality
Water and Gender
Ecohydrology, Engineering Harmony for a Sustainable World
Water Education, Key to Water Security
Water and Human Settlements of the Future
Water and Culture