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2.2 billion
Total population worldwide that lack access to safe drinking water
Proportion of global freshwater withdrawals due to agriculture
1.8 billion
Number of people living under drought in 2022 and 2023

The Global Water Institute tackles critical water challenges by connecting Ohio State’s expertise in research, teaching, and outreach with exceptional partners all around the world.




Water issues are about people, and ecosystems, and financial realities. They’re about climate and energy and old habits dying hard. Since really thorny water issues don’t have a single cause, the only way to make progress is to integrate all of those other pieces—people, energy, climate, economics—into the solution.
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The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) is UN-Water’s flagship report on water and sanitation issues that is launched on World Water Day each year and gives policy recommendations to decision-makers by offering best practices and in-depth analyses. The 2024 report highlights the wider significance of water for our lives and livelihoods. It explores water’s capacity to unite people and serve as a tool for peace, sustainable development, climate action and regional integration. Consistent with the Sustainable Development Goal for water and sanitation (SDG 6), it is essential for global prosperity and peace.

The Water and Climate Collective provides a space for a wide range of students interested in examining water and climate issues to interact with like-minded peers from across the university and engage in educational outreach, volunteer opportunities, and networking events.

•    Volunteer opportunities in different environmental industries.
•    Fun and informative hands-on activities to learn about water and climate-related issues.
•    Participate in education outreach.
•    Networking opportunities with academia, industry,

Register to join the Water and Climate Collective. Contact Annalise Khandelwal for questions.

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Upcoming Events

June 24 - June 27, 2024
St. Paul, MN
August 11 - August 15, 2024
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
August 25 - August 29, 2024
Stockholm, Sweden

Recent News

Recently, a pivotal study titled "Global Peak Water Limit of Future Groundwater Withdrawals" was published in Nature Sustainability. This research, conducted using an integrated model of the human…

Earlier this year, the Associated Press reported on the "lithium triangle" – a region spanning Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia – where native communities sit upon an estimated trillion dollars in…

The Navajo Nation is on the verge of finalizing a water rights settlement in Arizona, marking the culmination of a lengthy negotiation process that spans several decades. This historic agreement…

As part of their Spring 2024 Speaker Series last month The Ohio State University's Center for Urban Research and Analysis alongside the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, hosted Chris…