International: UNESCO launches project on emerging water pollutants

UNESCO, together with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), has launched the project Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Reuse in Developing Countries, funded by US$600,000 from Sweden. A growing water quality concern facing both developed and developing countries comes from new and emerging pollutants found in water resources, threatening human health and the environment. The project aims to support UNESCO Member States to strengthen their scientific research and technical and policy capacities to manage human health and environmental risks caused by new and emerging water pollutants. The research will also contribute to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, including the goals on water, health, hunger, and ecosystems.