The United Nations World Water Development Report 2017“Wastewater, The Untapped Resource” is presented around the world on 22 March.

A large proportion of wastewater is still released into the environment without being either collected or treated. The report argues that once treated, wastewater could prove invaluable in meeting the growing demand for freshwater and other raw materials. 

“Wastewater is a valuable resource in a world where water is finite and demand is growing,” says Guy Ryder, Chair of UN-Water and Director-General of the International Labour Organization. “Everyone can do their bit to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase safe water reuse by 2030. It’s all about carefully managing and recycling the water that runs through our homes, factories, farms and cities. Let’s all reduce and safely reuse more wastewater so that this precious resource serves the needs of increasing populations and a fragile ecosystem.”

Global launch: Durban, South Africa 

Presentation in Stockholm, Sweden

Presentation in Rome, Italy 

The United Nations World Water Development Report is a UN-Water Report coordinated by the UN World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO.

Read more about the report on the UN-Water and UNESCO WWAP website and follow Facebook live from the launch on March 22 at 10am CET.