Call for Abstracts: UNESCO Youth and Water Security in Africa

Call for Abstracts: UNESCO Youth and Water Security in Africa

Deadline: July 30, 2020

UNESCO is calling for Abstracts for their Youth and Water Security in Africa. UNESCO is devoted to engaging with youth as leaders, knowledge-holders and innovators in the Water Sector.

One of the main ways of engaging with youth and young water professionals in the water sector is by encouraging them to become more involved in Research, Development and Innovation, that address Water Security issues. Within the context of Africa Water Week, UNESCO is in touch with several international journals about publishing the printed and online version of a special issue that will focus on the importance of Water Security and youth engagement in Africa. 

The main objectives of this activity includes to; improve the visibility of the scientific contribution of youth that address water related challenges in Africa, contribute to the advance of and address knowledge gaps on water security issues in Africa with a focus on the experience of youth and young professionals and to inspire youth to become more involved in the co-production and application of knowledge.

Abstract Themes

The overall theme for the call is Youth and Water Security in Africa. Some of the sub-themes for the proposed special issue include:

  • Water-related Disasters and Hydrological Changes;
  • Groundwater in a Changing Environment;
  • Addressing Water Scarcity and Quality;
  • Water and Human Settlements of the Future;
  • Ecohydrology, Engineering Harmony for a Sustainable World,
  • Water Education, a Key to Water Security.


  • The extended abstracts should focus on the overall theme of Youth and Water Security in Africa,
  • Be authored and/or co-authored by youth and young researchers and/or address the subthemes of the call with a focus on the experience of youth and young professionals.
  • The United Nations defines youth as persons aged 15 to 24 years and UNESCO also engages with young water professionals and researchers between the ages of 25-35 in its activities. Researchers from both age groups are encouraged to submit extended abstracts and explore gender issues where possible.
  • Young researchers and youth are also encouraged to partner with experts to prepare extended abstracts to facilitate intergenerational cooperation.


Extended abstracts must be submitted in English or French, however, the selected extended abstracts will be published as manuscripts in English.

Submit your extended abstracts to the following email address: [email protected] according to the extended abstract themes and guidelines by July 30 2020.

For more information, visit UNESCO.