Journey to a world free of untreated wastewater

International Water Management Institute; Turkish Water Institute; United Nations University - Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources and United Nations University-Institute for Water, Environment and Heath

The SDG target 6.3 demands halving the proportion of untreated wastewater globally by 2030. To achieve this, the low-income countries (LICs) and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs) must achieve higher reductions in untreated wastewater than high-income countries (HICs) and upper-middle-income countries (UMICs). Assuming SDG 6.3 ideally achieved in 2030, there will still be 15% untreated wastewater in HICs, 31% in UMICs, 36% in LMICs, and 46% in LICs. This trajectory suggests that seeing a world free of untreated wastewater may take several “SDG like periods” with associated damage to environment and health and implications for sustainable development.
We are in danger of leaving the wastewater challenge to young people as next generation will be facing the results of today’s practices. They should have a voice in decision-making on wastewater management. This event will involve young professionals posing questions to  wastewater leaders on innovative interim safe water reuse approaches until the world is free from untreated wastewater.


Ignite Talk: Journey to a world free of untreated wastewater 

  • Manzoor Qadir, Assistant Director, UNU-INWEH


Moderated Panel Discussion

  • Pay Drechsel, Strategic Program Leader – Managing Rural-Urban Linkages, IWMI
  • Tamara Avellán, Research Fellow, Water Resource Management, UNU-FLORES
  • Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, Programme Specialist, Division of Water Sciences, UNESO-IHP
  • Praem Mehta, Project Associate, Water and Health, UNU-INWEH
  • Serena Caucci, Researcher on Anti-Biotic Resistance Bacteria in Wastewater, UNU-FLORES
  • Burcu Yazici, Ph.D. Student, Pollution Control, Turkish Water Institute


Open Discussion stemming from panelists’ contributions, involving panelists, and audience


Concluding Remarks

  • Manzoor Qadir, Assistant Director, UNU-INWEH


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Tuesday 16:00-17:30
FH 300
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Wastewater irrigation (Foto Credit: Manzoor Qadir)
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