Reach 100 million people with safe water and sanitation through the Water and Climate Initiative
Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Water.org has launched its most important initiative to date—a Water and Climate Initiative to reach 100 million people living in poverty with safe water and sanitation solutions.
The Water and Climate Initiative is unique in its scale and focus on both the demand and supply sides of water, including utilities, enterprises focused on water and sewage treatment, wastewater management, water loss reduction, and sanitation infrastructure.
Water.org’s decades of insights led to this Initiative, which unites market-building activities with the global capital markets. An experienced team will work with financial institutions and climate-resilient water and sanitation infrastructure projects and companies to make them investment-ready and equipped to meet the needs of families living in poverty, building a $1 billion pipeline of high-quality, climate-smart investable deals. To accelerate the flow of financing to that pipeline, Water.org will match capital providers, like WaterEquity, to deal flow in emerging markets focused on low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure. This deal flow will crowd in even more capital for water and sanitation services, which is critical to achieving SDG6 and managing climate change.
Water is a fundamental aspect of achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Individuals and companies that are committed to helping solve the challenges relating to one or more of the goals will find that Water.org is able to support them. The organization's focus is SDG6, and key metrics of the commitment include people reached, capital mobilized, and water volume impacted. Additional benefits tie to how solving SDG6 impacts poverty (SDG1), hunger (SDG2), health (SDG3), education (SDG4), gender (SDG5), economic (SDG8), infrastructure (SDG9), inequality (SDG10), sustainability (SDG11), climate (SDG13), ecosystem (SDG14), and peace (SDG16). Corporate partners with defined Environmental, Social, and Governance goals may collaborate with Water.org to achieve ESG goals and promote messaging within ESG reporting and media. NGOs may collaborate with Water.org to implement best-practices and expand scale. Service providers and utilities may collaborate with Water.org to build capacity and expand infrastructure capabilities.
SDGS & Targets
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services
By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated
Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
Change in water-use efficiency over time
Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources
By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
Degree of integrated water resources management
Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation
Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time
Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan
Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management
SDG 14 targets covered
Deliverables & Timeline
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- Asia and Pacific
- Latin America and the Caribbean
Water and Sanitation Utilities, Water Service Providers, Water and Wastewater Enterprises, Sanitation Infrastructure.
Low-income communities and households served by those utilities and infrastructure entities listed above.