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SDG 6 Policy Support System (SDG-PSS): Bridging data gaps for evidence-based policy-making to achieve SDG 6

Consortium of partners of the project “Water in the World We Want” (

    • Support the UN Member States with evidence-based policy- and decision-making for SDG 6 under limited data circumstances.
    • Encourage the participating countries to strengthen the enabling environment around national water management.
    • Enable cross-sectorial collaboration between experts and decision-makers to successfully achieve SDG 6.

    Implementation methodologies
    • “SDG 6 Policy Support System (SDG-PSS)” – the key output of the project – was designed and developed to help government officials and stakeholders navigate limited data conditions and promote evidence-based policy to contribute to achieving SDG 6.

    SDG-PSS’s main features
    • Components: Capacity; Finance; Policy and Institutional; Gender Mainstreaming; Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)/Resilience Mainstreaming; Integrity; and Status.
    • Mechanism: As water experts enter required data for each component into a set of questionnaires, the Summary View reports the collective outcome. Thus, the Summary View consists of all the evidence generated for each SDG 6 target and indicator and for each policy critical component of the tool from the entered data.

    Under the SDG-PSS project, the consortium partners commit to jointly accelerate the SDG 6 implementation by:
    • Providing logical background for evidence-based policymaking with the aim of significantly increasing the implementation rate of SDG 6 of the participating countries.
    • Hosting regional/global workshops to extend the use of the tool in up to 50 countries and disseminate the success story of participating countries.
    • Contributing to the capacity development activities through the development of the e-course on SDG-PSS in more diverse languages.
    • Participating in international conferences as the side-event organizer to promote the tool to more potential countries.

    With these joint efforts, each of the project partners will keep pushing forward their mandate to accelerate the water actions and set their own ambitious goals for the achievement of SDG 6 as below:
    • UNOSD, UNU-INWEH, and UNESCO i-WSSM will expand and reinforce the partnership with the participating countries to support accelerating the implementation of water-related SDGs at the national level through policy advisory services, knowledge sharing, and capacity development programs.
    • The regional hub countries (Brazil, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Tunisia) will (1) share experiences, challenges, and possibilities in achieving SDG 6 at the national level; (2) promote SDG-PSS through discussions on how the tool can be used to produce evidence on water-related policymaking at the national level; and (3) discussing the ways for the extended use of SDG-PSS in more other regions.
    • Tunisia and Brazil will disseminate the tool and the user experience at the national level, especially among the ministries and entities developing the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR), and at the international level through establishing projects and partnerships;
    • In Tunisia, the project team will keep the national working group active, promote the SDG-PSS to develop the VNR, and hold information-sharing days with key stakeholders.
    • In Brazil, the project team will launch a report in 3 different languages about the outcomes of using SDG-PSS which leads to an action plan. The experience in using SDG-PSS will be shared with the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP).

    Expected Impact

    The Initiative will have impacts on accelerating the implementation of SDG 6 by:
    • Addressing challenges in collecting water-related information and trends systematically under limited data circumstances.
    • Providing countries with a systematic approach to produce evidence on the enabling environments of SDG 6.
    • Supporting evidence-based policy- and decision-making for SDG 6 at the national and sub-national levels through its use.
    • Offering a platform for multi-sectoral experts to exchange knowledge, promote evidence-based policy, and collaborate more closely to generate water evidence.
    • Strengthening international cooperation through follow-up with the project countries, organizing regional workshops in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean regions.
    • Building capacity among water professionals on using SDG-PSS by offering an e-course on the tool in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic languages.


    United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), UNESCO International Centre for Water Security and Sustainable Management (UNESCO i-WSSM), Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water), Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea (MoE), Korea Environment Corporation (K-eco)

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    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


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    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


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    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

    Name Description
    SDG-PSS Middle East and Africa Workshop in Kenya
    SDG-PSS Latin America and the Caribbean Workshop in Brazil
    SDG-PSS Phase 3 Final Workshop
    SDG-PSS Phase 3 Final Report Launch
    Financing (in USD)
    Around 400,000 USD for the third Phase of the project funded by UNOSD, UNESCO i-WSSM, UNU-INWEH, and K-eco.
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Global water experts join forces for the joint project from UN entities, academic institutions, and national governments.
    In-kind contribution
    Country representatives from “Regional Hub-countries” voluntarily engage with this project and share their experiences, challenges, and feedback in using SDG-PSS.
    Other, please specify
    Final reports, Workshop reports, Brochure, Promotional Video, SDG-PSS website.
    No progress reports have been submitted. Please sign in and click here to submit one.
    Action Network
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    01 September 2016 (start date)
    31 December 2026 (date of completion)
    Consortium of partners of the project “Water in the World We Want”
    1. Africa
    2. Asia and Pacific
    3. Latin America and the Caribbean
    4. West Asia
    Other beneficiaries

    Potential participating countries, policymakers, Research/Academia, Local government, and communities

    More information
    Costa Rica
    Costa Rica
    Republic of Korea
    Republic of Korea
    Contact Information

    Yujeong, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, UNOSD