The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is based in and operates from Delft, the Netherlands. UNESCO-IHE is part of the UN/UNESCO Water family and is owned by all UNESCO member states. The Institute is established as a UNESCO 'Category I Institute' jointly by UNESCO and the Government of the Netherlands.Through the signing of the following three agreements, UNESCO-IHE was established in 2003:
The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees, and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities. UNESCO-IHE carries out educational, research and capacity development activities that complement and reinforce each other in the broad fields of water engineering, water management, environment, sanitation, and governance.