HidroEX,UNESCO Center (category II) focused on education, building capacities and applied research on water issues, implemented by the Minas Gerais State government and with the support of the Federal Government, in Frual, in the region of the Triangulo Mineiro, can be considered as a model for the world.
This statement was expressed by the rector of the Institute on Education for Water (IHE-UNESCO ), András Szöllösi-Nagy, an authority in water resources in the world. This Thursday, may 3rd he visited the facilities of UNESCO-HidroEX and knew about the project, already in construction, City of Waters.
Accompanied of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Secretary of State, Narcio Rodrigues and Richard Meganck, UNESCO Advisor, Mr. Szöllösi-Nagy was positively impressed with the advances of UNESCO-HidroEX, due to the investments of the Federal and Minas Gerais State Government, which, up to now, sum more than R$100 million.
Mr. András Szöllösi-Nagy visited Frutal five years ago, when UNESCO-HidroEX was inaugurated in its provisory installations. “Of the 22 UNESCO-Centers category II, around the world, UNESCO –HidroEX certainly is already a reference”, he stated. The rector also said that in the middle term, UNESCO-HidroEX will turn a Center Category I, such as IHE Center. “Certainly it will be one of the fisrt to conquest the patronage from UNESCO.
According to Mr. Szöllösi-Nagy, management of water resources is one of the main preoccupations in the world, and there is a lack of professionals in this area. He said that Minas Gerais State government through HidroEX, will contribute positively in this way, producing intellectual professionals, researchers, managers and specialists, not only in Brazil, but also in Latin America, Caribbean and Africa.
““You cannot imagine the importance of a center such as this for the world, which is focused on water related problems, taking in consideration that in the short term we will have nine billion people living in our planet”, stated Mr. Szöllösi-Nagy
Secretary Narcio Rodrigues expressed that UNESCO-HidroEX is preparing all paperwork necessary to become into na IHE in LatinAmerica and the Caribbean, owned by the United Nations.
After visiting the facilities of UNESCO-HidroEX and the project about the implementation of the City of Waters, Mr. András Szöllösi-Nagy stated that the Center fulfills all the requirements considered to become part of the Global IHE Campus.