UN-Water has three specific programmes and one affiliated programme, each with its own workplan, budget and an executing agency coordinating the implementation.
The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)
WWAP synthesizes data and information gathered from UN-Water Members, Partners and other prominent stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, universities, research centers and countries. It presents its findings in particular in the World Water Development Reports.
The Programme examines the nature of water crises around the world and reviews countries' ability to address them. It aims to enhance assessment capacity at a national level; informs the decision-making process by indicating how well water policies and management strategies are working; and suggests indicators that are needed to monitor progress.
WWAP is hosted and led by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Perugia, Italy.
The UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC)
Through the mapping of UN-Water capacity development activities, the assessment of capacity needs and gaps analysis, and through the development and support for the implementaion of innovative capacity development methodologies, UNW-DPC strengthens UN-Water’s capacity development activities.
UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) was established in August 2007 and is hosted by the United Nations University (UNU) at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.
The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)
Using information and outputs generated by UN-Water members, UNW-DPAC prepares information materials to improve its accesibility to diffferent audiences, and develops communication campaigns illustrating the benefits of sound water management for poverty reduction and advocates for actions to implement effective water policies.
Launched in October 2007, UNW-DPAC is implemented by the United Nations Office to support the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015 (UNO-IDfA), which is based in Saragossa, Spain, and hosted by UNDESA.
The World Health Organization (WHO)/ United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP)
The JMP, which operates under the aegis of UN-Water, is an autonomous programme implemented and supervised by WHO and UNICEF. Established in 1990, the JMP continues monitoring activities that WHO has been undertaking since the 1960s. It is the official mechanism of the UN System mandated to monitor global progress towards the MDGs targets for drinking-water and sanitation.
The JMP’s regular global reports on water and sanitation coverage facilitate sector planning and management. By supporting countries’ efforts to monitor this sector, the JMP contributes to better planning and management at the national level.