UN Water was established in 2003 as an inter-agency mechanism to strengthen coordination and coherence among UN entities dealing with issues related to all aspects of freshwater and sanitation.  The scope of UN Water’s work covers surface and groundwater resources, the interface between freshwater and seawater and water-related disasters.
 
UN Water is mandated to:
  • provide information policy briefs and other communication materials for policy-makers and managers working on water issues, other decision-makers who influence how water is used, as well as the general public;
  • build a knowledge base on water issues through efficient monitoring and reporting systems and facilitate easy access to this knowledge via regular reports and the Internet; and
  • provide a platform for system-wide discussions to identify challenges in global water management, including analyzing options to inform the global policy debate on water.