Our Global Partners

The Patel College of Global Sustainability collaborates on many different sustainability projects around the world. Global partners include:

Global Water Partnership

The Global Water Partnership's vision is for a water secure world. Its mission is to support the sustainable development and management of water resources at all levels. GWP was founded in 1996 by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

International Water Association

The International Water Association (IWA) is a global reference point for water professionals that spans the continuum between research and practice and covering all facets of the water cycle. Through its network, the IWA seeks to help water professionals create innovative, pragmatic, and sustainable solutions to challenging global needs.


UNESCO Institute for Water Education carries out research, education, and capacity building activities in the fields of water, environment, and infrastructure. UNESCO-IHE continues the work that began in 1957 when IHE first offered a postgraduate diploma course in hydraulic engineering to practicing professionals from developing countries.


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially- and environmentally-sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

The World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Its mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity, and forging partnerships.

United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides leadership and encourages partnerships in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.


ICLEI is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development.


The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is UNESCO ’s international scientific cooperative program in water research, water resource management, education, and capacity building, and the only broadly-based science program of the UN system in this area.


IWMI is one of 15 international research centers supported by a network of 60 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations. Its mission is to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihood, and the environment.

World Water Council

The World Water Council (WWC) is an international multi-stakeholder platform that was established in 1996 through the initiative of renowned water specialists and international organizations. The WWC was created in response to an increasing concern about world water issues from the global community.


The International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) promotes the advancement and exchange of knowledge through working groups, specialty symposia, congresses, and publications on water resources, river and coastal hydraulics, risk analysis, energy, environment, disaster prevention, and industrial processes.