The United Nations University carries out research and training on numerous water-related issues. Using the latest evidence-based research, our institutes feed into policy planning worldwide. Essentially, we provide economic, political and social recommendations to help ensure human development, survival and welfare.
Freshwater ecosystems such as lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and wetlands are estimated to cover 15 per cent of the world’s continental surface area. These inland bodies of water are bastions of biodiversity, hosting about 10 per cent of the world’s animals and one-third of all vertebrate species.