On open-access education

The Why and How of Open Education by Andreas Meiszner
United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology | UNU-MERIT


Online Conferencing tools

  • BigBlueButton  is built for Higher Education. It enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students.
  • OpenMeetings  is a free browser-based software that allows you to set up instantly a conference in the Web. You can use your microphone or webcam, share documents on a white board, share your screen or record meetings.
  • Mikogo is a free desktop sharing tool full of features to assist you in conducting the perfect online meeting or web conference. Take advantage of the opportunity to share any screen content or application over the Internet in true color quality with up to 10 participants simultaneously, while still sitting at your desk.
  • Yugma offers free web conferencing allows anyone, anywhere to instantly share their desktop and ideas online with others. Your Yugma Free web conferencing account allows you to invite up to 20 attendees.
  • Using WebHuddle, you have options and flexibility. Meetings can be conducted either in conjunction with an enterprise’s existing teleconferencing service, or utilizing WebHuddle’s optional voice over IP. WebHuddle also offers recording capabilities — presentations can easily be recorded for playback over any web browser for those who missed the live meeting.


Integrated Water Resource Management

UN-Water Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to the Development, Management and Use of Water Resources 2012.

1. Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to the Development, Management & Use of Water Resources (2012)

Based on a global survey assessing the progress and outcomes of the application of integrated approaches to the development, management and use of water resources, this UN-Water report includes lessons learned and recommendations, as well as focus areas for action. The report also provides guidance for establishing a regular international monitoring and reporting framework to promote sustainable development and management of water resources.


Integrated Water Resources Management - Reader

2. UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) – IWRM Reader (2010)

This reader is intended for all those interested in getting familiar with Integrated Water Management (IWRM) issues. The reader provides basic references for easy reading and some of the latest and most relevant United Nations publications on IWRM issues.



Integrated Water Resources Management in Action

3. Integrated Water Resources Management in Action (2009)

World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), DHI Water Policy, UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment

This paper sets out to explore some of the practical aspects of the implementation of IWRM. It covers the following aspects: 1) the relevance of IWRM for a number of key development issues, 2) the key characteristics of the concept, 3) the global status of IWRM, 4) practical implementation – the challenges, 5) practical implementation – case studies showing successful applications to problematic management scenarios, and 6) how IWRM programmes are being linked with the Millennium Development Goals and adaptation to climate change by the setting of achievement milestones.