is a mechanism to strengthen co-ordination and coherence among
all UN bodies dealing with water-related issues, from health
to farming, environment to energy, food to climate, and sanitation
was set up in 2003, through a decision by the High Level
Committee on Programmes (HLCP) of the United Nations.
UN-Water evolved from many years of close collaboration
among UN agencies and a firm belief that still more can
be done to strengthen the UN system in its effort to
work more effectively on water and sanitation issues,
which are among the most urgent challenges of our time.
UN-Water is not another agency. Instead, UN-Water adds
value to existing UN programmes and projects and fosters
more co-operation and information-sharing among UN agencies
and outside partners.
To tackle the global water challenge and to meet the ambitious
development and environment targets set by the international
community, the United Nations recognized through the establishment
of UN-Water the need to co-ordinate and use its resources
for maximum impact and efficiency. UN-Water monitors progress
towards water and sanitation targets and in particular
those of the Millennium Development Goals and the World
Summit on Sustainable Development
UN-WATER FAST FACTS
UN-Water is a mechanism to strengthen co-ordination
and coherence within the UN system.
UN-Water was established in 2003 by the High Level Committee
on Programmes of the United Nations, which consists of
senior-most programme managers of the organizations.
UN-Water has 25 members from the UN system and many external
partners representing international organizations and civil
UN-Water has a rotating chair, vice-chair and a small
Most activities of UN-Water are carried out by time-bound
Task Forces and Programmes.
A number of flag-ship reports are produced through UN-Water:
the World Water Development Reports, the WHO/UNICEF Joint
Monitoring Programme Reports and the Global Annual Assessment
on Sanitation and Drinking Water.
While the co-ordinating function of UN-Water is carried
out by the members, some specific activities and programmes
are supported by Donors Trust Funds.
UN-Water plays an important role in addressing
emerging issues and provides a platform for developing inter-agency
responses to tackle them.