11 December 2017

Open Challenge “Students Seeking Solutions: SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation”

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), the American Association of University Women, the United Nations Environment Programme and UNAI member institution Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States) announce the “Students Seeking Solutions: SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation” Challenge. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate students from around the world are invited to submit proposals for meeting Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Proposals can be submitted by individuals or teams of up to three students. Submissions, which should be no more than 1,000 words in length and in PDF format, should be sent to wdh3@lehigh.edu no later than 16 March 2018.

Finalists will be invited to present their proposal (via Skype or in person) at the “Students Seeking Solution SDG 6” Challenge to be held at Lehigh University on Friday, 20 April 2018.

Around the world, poor water management, waste dumping and the unsafe practice of open defecation are among the numerous causes to negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. According to United Nations Development Programme, water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people around the world, an alarming figure that is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change.

For more information on the “Students Seeking Solution” Challenge, please click here