• UN Report Highlights the Need to Prioritize Wastewater Management

    A new report calls for wastewater focus in Post-2015 Agenda, as 80% of world's wastewater is discharged untreated. Read More

  • The Swiss Expedition “Race for Water Odyssey” Reaches New York

    The crew members were in the "Big Apple" until April 15, participating in numerous outreach activities including two United Nations (UN) events organized by the UNEP about the issue of marine litter.   Read More

  • UNEP Launches Wastewater Video

    The new video is part of the series "Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey" and portrays the impacts of wastewater on coastal communities and ecosystems, as well as the benefits of improving its management.
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Two Minutes on Oceans w/ Jim Toomey: Wastewater

This video highlights the challenges and opportunities associated with wastewater management.

Island solutions: Recycling sweeps into Saint Lucia

New ways to dispose of all types of waste are creating jobs and keeping the island clean all.


Island solutions: Clean seas for a healthy, sustainable future

Young people in St Lucia are monitoring water quality to ensure clean seas for all.





The GPML and the Race for Water Fondation will co-organise an event at the UN Headquarters from 15:00 – 16:30 PM in Conference Room 5.

7th World Water Forum

The GW2I will attend the event that take place in Daegu & Gyeongbuk of Korea from 12 to 18 April 2015.

Basel COP 12, Rotterdam and Stockholm COP 7

The GPA Coordination Office will attend the meetings in Geneva from 4 to 15 May 2015.

Clean Shores, Healthy Oceans

This marine litter related event organised by the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education will take place in Delft (the Netherlands).

World Environment Day 2015

This year the theme is "Seven Million Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care!". The celebrations will take place in Italy.

World Ocean Day 2015

The theme for this year is "Healthy oceans, healthy planet".


  • 90 per cent of wastewater produced daily in developing countries is discharged untreated in water ways,
    threatening the health of local communities and damaging the environment


  • Marine litter is the largest downstream cost of plastic pollution, plastic waste causes damage
    of US$ 13 Billion to marine ecosystem each year and this figure is largely a significant underestimate.


  • Nutrient runoff causes costal euthrophication zones of severely reduced dissolved oxygen
    and depleted aquatic life also known as "dead zones". Over 400 dead zones
    have been identified in costal areas.