Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency / UNESCO International Hydrological Programme

Emerging pollutants in water reuse: Addressing knowledge and policy gaps

Thursday 31 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: NL Pillar Hall
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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.


Moderator: Dr Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, UNESCO

Opening and welcoming remarks on behalf of UNESCO and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Sweden’s priorities for research and knowledge generation in the freshwater field
Dr Claire Lyngå, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – Sida

Presentation of UNESCO Project on Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Reuse in Developing Countries
Summary of UNESCO International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) case studies on emerging pollutants

Dr Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, UNESCO Division of Water Sciences – International Hydrological Programme (IHP)

Panel discussion:

  • Emerging pollutants in water reuse in developing countries: Health and environmental risks
    Dr Olfa Mahjoub, National Research Institute for Rural Engineering, Water, and Forestry (INRGREF), Tunisia
  • Regulatory mechanisms and frameworks for emerging pollutants: Priorities and needs
    Dr Sarah Hendry, University of Dundee – UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, UK
  • The pioneering strategy in Switzerland to treat micropollutants: Legislative, financial and technical measures
    Dr Florian Thevenon
    , WaterLex, Switzerland
  • Addressing knowledge and data gaps on emerging pollutants
    Panel speaker (to be confirmed)
  • Promoting scientific collaboration and policy best practices between developing and developed countries
    Panel speaker (to be confirmed)

Conclusions and next steps in the UNESCO Project on Emerging Pollutants