The Thematic Consultation on Water in the post-2015 development agenda is now open, waiting for your inputs on the website. The water consultation is part of the UN-system led “global dialogue” comprising from 50 to 100 Country Consultations and eleven global Thematic Consultations, among them the one on water.

The water consultation is waiting for your voice to ensure that everyone can have a say. Your ideas are needed to foster a shared vision on key future challenges in water and a new global water goal in the post-2015 development agenda. The consultation will also provide an opportunity to discuss the lessons learned, challenges and opportunities related to the implementation of the present Millennium Development Goals on water and sanitation as well as what remains to be done.

The water consultation is divided into two interactive phases:

Phase I is the global water consultation, which focuses on broad challenges to trigger engagement and discussion. The global consultation will remain online and active for the whole duration of the consultation.


Phase II focuses on thematic sub-consultations broadly in three areas:
water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); water resources wastewater management; and water quality.


Phase II starts in mid-January and runs up to 3 March 2013. In March the outcome from the different discussions will be summarized into policy recommendations in a final report that will be transmitted to the High-level Panel on Post-2015 appointed by the UN Secretary General.

Various related events will be organized to feed into the water consultation and stimulate the on-line discussions and engagement. You may find information on these events on the webpage of the consultation.

The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO encourages all IHP National Committees, water-related centres under the auspices of UNESCO, and UNESCO water-related Chairs to actively participate in the Thematic Consultation on Water in the framework of the post-2015 development agenda. We invite you to actively engage in the consultation and are counting on your outreach support. Please get the word out to your networks about upcoming discussions and possibilities to engage.

To participate in the water consultation (similar to other thematic consultations), please engage in the online web-based discussion at:


Open discussion on water in the post-2015 development agenda
20 February 2013 - 16.30-17.30
World Bank Headquarters, Building I, Room 1-1200
1850 I St N.W. Washington, DC 20433 USA


Following the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, the United Nations are facilitating an open consultation to identify priorities from citizens and stakeholders around the world for the post-2015 development agenda, as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will reach their target date in 2015. Water is one of the eleven thematic areas around which the global consultation is organized, along with inequalities, governance, health, environmental sustainability, population dynamics, growth and employment, conflicts and fragility, food security and nutrition, education and energy.

The event will present state of the art information on the two following processes that will feed into the overarching inter-governmental process to develop post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Technical discussion on water-related targets and indicators, including the results of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme consultation on WASH, as well as recent developments on targets and indicators related to water resources and wastewater management.
Thematic Consultation on Water, where the leaders of each Thematic Consultation on Water, where the leaders of each "stream" – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Wastewater Management & Water Quality and Water Resources Management – will report on the recommendations that came out from the global dialogue and respective online consultations.
More information
Visit also the World We Want website on
Please note that the number of seats is limited. We therefore invite you to confirm your participation to Paulette Ashong at no later than 8 February 2013.

The event will be broadcast online at the following link:

The Post 2015 Water Thematic Consulattion Documents

UN Water Policy Brief on Water Quality
UN-Water Policy Brief on Water Quality.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.8 MB]
Water Resource Management, Framing Paper
Water Resources Management Framing Paper[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [2.8 MB]
UN-Water Status Report on Rio+20
UN-Water Status Report on Rio+20 .pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [20.0 MB]
UN-Water Policy Brief-Climate Change Adaptation: The Pivotal Role of Water
UN-Water Policy Brief-Climate Change Ada[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [502.9 KB]
Transboundry Waters, Sharing Benefits, Sharing Responsibilities
UN-Water-Transboundary Waters .pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [14.2 MB]
Guidance on Water and Adaption to Climate Change - Economic Commission for Europe
Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Clim[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [13.4 MB]
The Potential for Industrial Wastewater Reuse
The Potential for Industrial Wastewater [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [95.8 KB]
Water and Wastewater Reuse - An Environmentally Sound Approach for Sustainable Urban Water Management
Water and Wastewater Reuse- An Environme[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]
New Approaches and technologies for Wastewater Management
New Approaches and Technologies for Wast[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [293.0 KB]
Global Database on Municipal Wastewater production, Collection, Treatment, Discharge & Direct Use in Agriculture
Database on municipal wastewater product[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [258.9 KB]
Technological Developments and Innovations in Water Reuse
Technological developments and innovatio[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [558.1 KB]
Sick Water? The Central Role of Wastewater Management in Sustainable Development
Sick Water - UNEP, UN-Habitat .pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.8 MB]
Global Atlas on Excreta, Wastewater Sludge, and Biosolids Management
Global Atlas of Excreta, Wastewater Slud[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [5.1 MB]
GLAAS2012 - UN-Water Global Analysis & Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water
The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessm[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [6.5 MB]