UN-Water is made up of the UN agencies, programmes and funds that have a significant role in tackling global water concerns. It also includes major non-UN partners who cooperate with them in advancing progress towards the water-related goals of the Decade Water for Life and Millennium Declaration.

UN-Water strengthens coordination and coherence among UN entities dealing with issues related to all aspects of freshwater and sanitation. This includes surface and groundwater resources, the interface between freshwater and seawater and water-related disasters.

UN-Water is currently chaired by UNU.

The Secretariat of UN-Water is housed at UNDESA.

UN-Water Members

UN Secretariat

  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

Programmes and funds

  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Regional commissions

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Specialized agencies

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • The World Bank Group (WB)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
  • United Nations related organizations
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)


  • Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD)
  • Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Secretariat of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Other Entities

  • United Nations University

UN-Water Partners

  • Aquafed
  • Gender and Water Alliance (GWA)
  • Global Water Partnership (GWP)
  • International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
  • International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
  • International Hydropower Association (IHA)
  • International Water Association (IWA)
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • Public Services International (PSI)
  • RAMSAR – Convention on Wetlands
  • Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future
  • Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
  • The World Conservation Union (IUCN)
  • United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
  • WaterAid
  • Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
  • Women for Water Partnership (WfWP)
  • World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • World Water Council (WWC)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

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