UN-Water Task Force on Indicators, Monitoring and Reporting

In 2008, UN-Water combined the Task Forces on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and on Monitoring to create the Task Force on Indicators, Monitoring and Reporting, which builds on the work carried out by the previous two task forces.

The Task Force presented its final outcomes and outputs in August 2009 at the UN-Water meeting in Stockholm.


The Task Force on Indicators, Monitoring and Reporting was formed to contribute to public information and informed decision-making in the water sector and in related sectors, including sanitation.

By improving water indicators and the monitoring and reporting of water issues, the task force sought to support national and international decision-makers and to advance progress towards meeting internationally agreed goals and targets on water and sanitation.

This involved:

  • Developing a methodology to monitor the progress and performance of the water sector at regular intervals, including a set of measurable indicators to support both national decision-makers and the international community;
  • Harmonizing efforts to monitor the water sector at the global level and to improve reporting of performance and progress;
  • Identifying priority actions to support country-level monitoring and the collection, analysis and reporting of information to be used in global assessments.


The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) coordinated the task force, which comprised representatives of the following 24 organizations:

  • The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
  • UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Global Water Partnership (GWP)
  • International Water Association (IWA)
  • International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
  • UN-HABITATUnited Nations University (UNU)
  • UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • UN Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015 (UNO-IDfA)
  • UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • the International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP)
  • UN Development Programme (UNDP)
  • UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
  • UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • UN Statistics Division (UNSD)
  • UN Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • World Water Council (WWC)
  • the World Bank
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