UN Environment World Water Quality Assessment Inception Workshop

  • DATE / TIME:
    2018/11/28    09:00 - 2018/11/29    19:00
    Geneva, Switzerland

    Co-Organisers: UN Environment (and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ)
    Co-Convener: Hosted by WMO

    The aim of the Inception Workshop which will kindly be hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), together with UN Environment is to provide input to the collective future workplan development and defining roles and engagement in the World Water Quality Assessment process. Dr Tamara Avellán, who heads the Water Resources Management, unit will take part in the Geneva workshop.


    The first phase of the World Water Quality Assessment will be carried out over at least a three-year period. An evaluation after the second year (end of first half in 2020) will review the first phase and decide about the possible additions or adjustments of the second phase or its components. It is expected to set up a long-term continued and dynamic participatory platform of water quality assessment, services, and stakeholder dialogue.

    Consequently, a next generation World Water Quality Assessment will go beyond and be a participatory process encouraging the full engagement of the scientific community and water stakeholders at large. The general goals of the World Water Quality Assessment are to:

    • Review the state of water quality of the world’s freshwater system, especially in relation to public health, food security, biodiversity, and societal uses of freshwater.
    • Identify the areas most under threat by water pollution, now and in coming decades.
    • Identify policy options that can be replicated and scaled-up to protect or restore water quality in several countries.
    • Raise awareness of the importance of water quality degradation on local and national sustainable development.
    • Increase the capacity of developing countries to protect or restore the water quality of their surface waters.

    Related Websites:
    Towards a Worldwide Assessment of Freshwater Quality A UN-Water Analytical Brief
    World Water Quality Assessment Website


    WMO Geneva