Emerging Pollutants in Water and Wastewater
This UNESCO Project on “Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Reuse in Developing Countries” is fully funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) under the Programme Cooperation Agreement between UNESCO and Sweden for 2014-2017.
- Target 6.1: Achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
- Target 6.3: Improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
- Target 1.4: Ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
- Target 3.3: End the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases
- Target 3.9: Substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
- Target 12.4: Achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
- Target 15.1: Ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
- Seminar on “Emerging Pollutants in Water Resources – A New Challenge to Water Quality” at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. It deepened the understanding on the occurrence, fate and accumulation of emerging pollutants, mainly pharmaceuticals, in water resources and their impact on human health and the environment.
- Knowledge dissemination and awareness raising on emerging contaminants through the publication of a technical article on “Chemical contaminants: Those invisible additives in our drink” on a scientific periodical, UNESCO “A World of Science” (Vol. 9, No. 4, 2011), based on field work and research from 2009 to 2011 in Mexico.
- UNESCO International Conference on “Emerging Pollutants in Water” (Serbia, 2013).