Emerging pollutants in water reuse: Addressing knowledge and policy gaps

Convenor(s):
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and UNESCO International Hydrological Programme

Good quality water for human and ecological needs, including for water reuse, is essential to sustain human well-being and a healthy environment. The 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goal 6 calls for immediate, oriented and global action to “improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally” (Target 6.3). Furthermore, SDG3 (health) and SDG12 (sustainable consumption and production) stress the urgent need to significantly reduce the release of wastes and hazardous chemicals to air, water and soil to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

The event focuses on knowledge and policy gaps on new and emerging pollutants (pharmaceuticals, endocrine disruptors, etc.) in water and wastewater. The event promotes a science and policy discussion on emerging pollutants with emphasis on: potential human and environmental health risks; monitoring and data on emerging pollutants in water and wastewater; and technical and policy approaches to managing these pollutants and minimizing the risks posed by these pollutants. Results and new knowledge generated by UNESCO project on ‘Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Reuse’ will be presented through 16 case studies in various countries and regions.

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Thursday 11:00-12:30
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