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News UNESCO Symposium on Water Quality Monitoring (Kyoto, 15-18 July 2015): CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme is organizing the UNESCO International Scientific Symposium on Scientific, Technological and Policy Innovations for Improved Water Quality Monitoring, to be hosted by Kyoto University in Kyoto-Otsu, Japan, from 15-18 July 2015.

It is organized in the framework of the implementation of Theme 3 “Addressing Water Scarcity and Quality” of the Eighth Phase of International Hydrological Programme (IHP-VIII) of UNESCO and the UNESCO-IHP International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ).

This scientific meeting aims to enhance scientific capacities of countries to improve water quality monitoring at the national and global levels in order to support the monitoring and evaluation of the water-related SDG targets in the post-2015 sustainable development framework. As water quality degradation is becoming an increasingly acute problem in many parts of the world and is causing serious human health risks and environmental degradation, improving water quality worldwide has been recognized as a key for enhanced water security in the post-2015 sustainable development. The proposal by the United Nations General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) includes, as part of the goal on water and sanitation for all, a specific target to improve water quality and wastewater management. Consequently, improved water quality monitoring and data will be essential in monitoring and evaluation of progress towards the achievement of this SDG target on water quality and wastewater.

Aimed at supporting countries to improve water quality monitoring, the meeting focuses on three main objectives to:

1.       Facilitate scientific discussion, knowledge exchange and collaboration among experts and stakeholders.

2.       Establish a state-of-the-art of scientific research, methodologies, tools, technologies, and policy approaches on water quality and wastewater monitoring.

3.       Collect practical cases of this stocktaking on water quality monitoring as a demonstration of the implementation of these tools and approaches.

The specific topics addressed include:

  • Water quality monitoring focusing on different pollutants, including both traditional and emerging pollutants,
  • Water quality indicators, data and reporting, with emphasis on new methodologies and tools such as bio-monitoring, investigative, GIS-based and “smart” monitoring
  • Water quality assessment for surface and groundwater resources and special attention will be paid to the environmental issues
  • Monitoring wastewater, including monitoring wastewater reuse
  • Policy measures, water quality regulations and guidelines, as well as the implementation of water quality monitoring
  • Economic aspects of water quality monitoring and management
  • Capacity building, awareness raising and cultural aspects with focus on gender issues and public involvement such as ‘citizen monitoring’

Contribution proposals are invited to be submitted before 05 June 2015 to  


More information about the meeting is available on UNESCO website:

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French –

Participants include scientists, researchers, water quality experts, water professionals and practitioners, and public health and environmental specialists. Participation will also be sought from policy makers and planners in water and related sectors, as well as from civil society representatives. 

Contact information Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, PhD Programme Specialist Division of Water Sciences International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Natural Sciences Sector United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 7, place de Fontenoy, F-75352 Paris 07 SP, FRANCE (email: ; )
Phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 40 54; Fax: +33 (0)1 45 68 58 11
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Source of information UNESCO-Water
Keyword(s) Water Scarcity, water quality
Geographical coverage Japan
News date 03/06/2015
Working language(s) ENGLISH