RCUWM-Tehran is an UNESCO Category 2 Centre, acting under the auspices of UNESCO in the field of water management issues.

This centre was officially inaugurated in February 2002, by an agreement signed and exchanged between I.R. Iran and UNESCO.

UNESCO requires that Category 2 water-related Centres undergo periodic reviews. The main objectives of these reviews are to assess the Centres’ performance with respect to their terms of reference and contributions to the UNESCO mandate (Feb. 07, 2016). The outcome of the review is a decision on whether the agreement between UNESCO and the host government should be renewed.

After the latest evaluation by a group of independent experts, the agreement between the government of Islamic Republic of Iran and UNESCO concerning the establishment and operation of Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, has been signed and extended in May 2018.