United Nations Children’s Fund / World Health Organization

Arsenic Primer – Guidance on Investigation and Mitigation of Arsenic

Tuesday 28 August | 12.00-12.45 | Room: NL 253

The indicator for SDG 6.1 is the proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services. This marks a transition from the MDGs where an improved water source does not always ensure a safe drinking source. Safely managed drinking water is defined as “drinking water from an improved source that is located on premises, available when needed and free of faecal and priority chemical contamination.” The priority chemicals are arsenic and fluoride because of the serious health risks they pose and the large populations exposed. In 2009, it was estimated that over 140 million people worldwide were exposed to arsenic above the WHO guideline guideline value of 10 ppb.

The Arsenic Primer was originally published in 2008 has been updated in 2018 to reflect the new context of the SDGs and experiences over the last decade in the implementation of arsenic mitigation programmes. The Arsenic Primer provides practical advice for the staff of UN agencies, government counterparts, and development practitioners responding to the challenge of arsenic contamination of the drinking water. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about updates to the arsenic primer and share their experiences with arsenic mitigation. 

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


Arsenic Primer Launch

Guidance on the investigation and mitigation of arsenic contamination

Tuesday 28 August

Session #8123 Room NL 253, 12.00 pm -12.45 pm


12:00 - 12:05 Welcome and Introduction

       Silvia Gaya, WASH Senior Advisor, UNICEF-HQ

12:05 - 12:10 Interactive poll on Arsenic

12:10 - 12:35 Panel: lessons learnt on large scale arsenic mitigation programmes


Silvia Gaya, WASH Senior Advisor, UNICEF-HQ,

Bruce Allan Gordon, WASH team leader, WHO-HQ


Rick Johnston, WASH Technical Officer, WHO-HQ

Vinh Nguyen, University of Technology, Sidney

Nargis Akhter - UNICEF-Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

12:35 - 12:45 Discussion, feedback and closing remarks

      Bruce Allan Gordon, WASH team leader, WHO-HQ