“The world’s capacity to respond to water security risks is in doubt.”
-World Economic Forum
Fresh water scarcity is disrupting populations, economies, the environment – every aspect of life as we know it.
The effects are profound in health, food and energy and
to the very planet itself.
We are witnessing a new crisis threshold, as major cities face total water shutdowns.
There are better ways to manage the water needs of people and planet and for over a decade, Circle of Blue has informed their discovery. Its trusted reporting has enhanced climate agreements, urban policy and citizen activity, and it has inspired collaboration from Davos to Beijing, from Washington to the Vatican.
Circle of Blue unites classic journalism, data literacy and transformative connectivity. Its visionary work across the Great Lakes, U.S., China, Australia, Mexico, India and the Middle East earned the Rockefeller Centennial Innovation Award, one of the nation’s top honors.
Circle of Blue meets the demand for information and collaboration in the challenge of the century: water.
UN-Water coordinates the efforts of UN entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues.
United Nations Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Juao Pinto
Why we exist
There is no single UN entity dedicated exclusively to water issues. Over 30 UN organizations carry out water and sanitation programmes, reflecting the fact that water issues run through all of the UN’s main focus areas. UN-Water’s role is to coordinate so that the UN family ‘delivers as one’ in response to water related challenges.
Action for people, planet and prosperity
What we do
The overarching focus of our Members and Partners is to support UN Member States to sustainably manage water and sanitation.We do this in three ways:
Monitor and Report
17 Goals were adopted unanimously on 25 September 2015 by 193 UN Member States
How we help drive progress
UN-Water’s Members and Partners have helped place water and sanitation at the heart of recent milestone agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2015-2030 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, and the 2015 Paris Agreement within the UN Convention Framework on Climate Change. UN-Water’s consolidated technical advice from UN entities and external organizations helped shape Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. As a result, SDG 6 and its various targets take the entire water and sanitation cycle into account.