Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

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Aims and Scope

The IAHR Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims at coordinating IAHR’s activities in support of the global efforts to achieve the SDGs by 2030. For this purpose, it collaborates with several IAHR Technical Committees. Besides SDG 6 which aims at ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, the effort to achieve several other SDGs can benefit from the experience and knowledge of IAHR members on the hydraulics of engineered structures and natural systems, especially on matters pertaining to their environmental protection and sustainable management. Goals that directly or indirectly affected by or depend on water include ending poverty in all its forms (SDG 1); eliminating hunger and providing food security (SDG 2); ensuring good health and well-being for all (SDG 3); affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy (SDG 7); safe, resilient and sustainable cities (SDG 11); sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12); climate change (SDG 13); and biodiversity, forests, deforestation (SDG 15).

Leadership Team
Elpida Kolokytha

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Vice Chair
Asaad Yahia Shamseldin

University of Auckland

New Zealand

Maria Rita L. M. F. Carvalho

University of Coimbra


Eva Fenrich



Angelos N. Findikakis

Bechtel Corporation

United States of America

Federico Foria



Carlos Galvao

Universidade Federal de Campina Grande


Hao-Che Ho

Zhejiang University


Amparo López Jiménez

Universitat Politècnica de València


Hadis Mohajerani

Trier University, Dep of Physica Geography


Sean Mulligan

VorTech Water Solutions and National University of Ireland, Galway


Satoru Oishi

Research Center for Urban Safety and Security, KOBE University


Stefano Pagliara

University of Pisa


Modesto Pérez Sánchez

Universitat Politècnica de València. Departamento de Ingeniería Hidráulica y Medio Ambiente


Roberto Ranzi

University of Brescia


Nils Rüther

Technical University of Munich (TUM)


Gensheng Zhao

Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute



Following the adaptation of these Sustainable Development Goals of by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, the Working Group on Global Water Security included the SDGs in its scope recognizing their close relationship with water security. A special session in the 37th IAHR World Congress in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur explored how IAHR can contribute to achieving the SDGs. This led to the publication of special issue of Hydrolink magazine with several articles describing the contribution of several IAHR Technical Committees to the SDGs. (Download Issue 3, 2017 | Link 1 | Link 2). In 2019 the IAHR Executive Committee decided to split the Working Group on Global Water Security to two separate groups, one on global water security and one on the SDGs.

Focus on UN Water

The Working Group is now focusing its efforts in supporting the work of the UN Water program, whose primary goal is to help UN Member States to sustainably manage water and sanitation and achieve the water related SDGs.

Recent IAHR activities in this context include

  • Annual meeting of the SDG Working Group on 21 June 2022 in Granada Spain.

  • Participation in the semi-annual meetings of UN Water since 2019.  The most recent of these meetings was on April 7-8, 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Contribution to the WWDR2023, whose theme is “Accelerating Change: Partnerships and Cooperation”.

  • Participation in activities in preparation for the 2023 UN Water Conference

  • Publication of a white paper on “the role of engineers in the effort to achieve SDG 6”.

Links to Relevant Documents & Resources


If you are interested in joining the Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals or learning more about its work, please contact Derek Cai of the IAHR Secretariat at

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