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The One WATER Institute


The strategic vision of One WATER encompasses many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, specifically:


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A Message From The Director

Water is an integral part of the Earth's dynamics, influencing its geology, climate, ecosystems, and human societies entwined into our culture and traditions. Recognizing the importance of water and adopting responsible practices for its conservation and management are critical for the long-term well-being of both the planet and its inhabitants. 

While spearheading this initiative, I was impressed with the multidisciplinary expertise in water that we have at York University. I felt it was time to bring all the colleagues together on a common collaboration hub under the umbrella of One WATER. One WATER Institute is an effort to improve water equity, access, and quality through collaboration between governments, international organizations, the private sector, NGOs, and local communities.

We seek to find solutions to the complex water-related problems that we face by pursuing research together, creating awareness, fostering learning, capacity building, and training our graduate students to the protection of water as a common asset.

Let us all come together to protect water as Nature’s gift for now and the future. Every action counts, accounts, and mounts. Rooted in my origins from one of the oldest civilizations on Earth, India, where water is considered sacred and nurturer of all life.

“O Water. Because of your presence, the atmosphere is so refreshing and imparts us with vigour and strength. We revere you who gladdens us by your pure essence”.