UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme

“Wastewater, the untapped resource”: UN World Water Development Report 2017

Sunday 27 August | 17.00-17.45 | Room: NL 253

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2017 (WWDR 2017) focuses on the theme ‘Wastewater, the untapped resource’. The UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme together with UN-Water Members and Partners that have been involved in its preparation, will present its main findings and messages. The aim of this report is to inform and raise awareness on the benefits arising from improved wastewater management in the context of a circular economy and the needed progress to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report highlights that wastewater needs to be seen as a resource rather than a burden and this session will catalyse the attention of policy/decision makers, water practitioners and the public at large about the opportunities linked with the “4Rs” (reduce, remove, reuse and recover). Improving WW management, including its collection, treatment, discharge, and the beneficial use of liquid and solid by-products, is critical to the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development and an integral step in avoiding local (and global) water crises.


17:00 Presentation of the UN World Water Development Report 2017 “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”
Stefan Uhlenbrook, Coordinator, WWAP

17:15 tbc
Viktoria Granström, IKEA 

17:25 Q&A 
Moderator: Angela Ortigara, WWAP

17:40 Closing remarks
Joakim Harlin
, Vice-Chair of UN-Water

17:45 Close of session