Coordinating the UN's work on water and sanitation

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO is the custodian agency for the SDG indicators 6.4.1 on water use efficiency, and 6.4.2 on level of water stress. As such, FAO collects and reports indicators’ data produced and/or verified by each country, and provide technical support and capacity development as required.

FAO is a partner of the UN-Water-coordinated GEMI project. It has been actively involved in GEMI since it joined the initiative, where it has provided technical expertise in relation with water use efficiency, water scarcity, and wastewater treatment and reuse, together with expertise on approaches to global water monitoring. 

In order to better address these issues, FAO has developed AQUASTAT, a monitoring capacity which it has maintained for the past 25 years and which includes a global water database, country reports and associated tools for global analysis of water issues.

Estimated annual water and sanitation budget: $20-30 million USD
Current work on the Sustainable Development Goals
Examples of activities
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Representative(s) in UN-Water
Sasha Koo-Oshima
Senior Officer
Marlos De Souza