StepbyWater is a pioneering multi-stakeholder and multi-sector alliance, born and driven in Spain, with international presence, championing the new multi-stakeholder governance framework proposed by the UN, in its SDG 17, to address water challenges and contribute to accelerate the achievement of SDG 6, Water and sanitation.
The United Nations has positioned water and sanitation as a cross-cutting and vital objective, stating that if the targets of SDG 6 are not achieved, it will not be possible to achieve those of the rest of the goals.
Contributing to the achievement of SDG 6 and its respective targets requires its own effort and framework for action, in line with the Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development", 2018- 2028.
Born and driven from Spain, a country that, despite water scarcity, is the eighth country with the highest water footprint in the world.
- To advance and promote the principles and goals of the 2030 Agenda in general and SDG 6 and the UN Decade "Water for Sustainable Development" (2018 - 2028) in particular.
- Support governments and supranational entities in the consolidation and implementation of plans towards the achievement of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda and post-COVID-19 reconstruction, in terms of Sustainability.
- Consolidate and inspire the formation of multi-sectoral alliances in support of SDG 17 of the UN, as an instrumental strategic objective and governance framework, at the service of the central government and regional, provincial and municipal governments to jointly and cooperatively address the major territorial challenges related to water, climate and sustainable development.
- Favouring spaces for reflection, cooperation, dialogue, Think Tanks, working groups and innovation to promote the search for global solutions to water challenges and other major global risks such as the climate crisis.
- Raise society's awareness of the importance of contributing to tackling the major challenges related to water and climate change. Humanity is not prepared to withstand the onslaught of another global crisis.
The entities commit ourselves to:
1. Promote and advance the principles and objectives of the Water Decade for Action as a champion of progress and sustainable development.
2. Promote, raise awareness, train and educate about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular, SDG 6 as a cross-cutting goal for the achievement of the other goals.
3. Encourage spaces for cooperation and dialogue to promote the search for global solutions to the challenges of water and the climate crisis, in an environment of synergies and alliances with all the agents involved.
4. To challenge public administrations, supranational bodies, companies, associations and civil society in general to join the "Cultural Water Revolution" and take action for the climate through dissemination, communication and outreach activities.
5. Support municipal and provincial governments in the consolidation of plans aimed at achieving the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.
6. Act with a global perspective on the local level.
7. Provide spaces for reflection and transfer of knowledge and research on the SDG6 and the optimal management of water as a vital element in sustainable development, facilitating the exchange of good practices.
8. Support innovation processes aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to water and climate action.
9. Promote awareness of the Water Decade for Action, the principles of this Manifesto and its adhesion in its value chain, as well as the promotion of the actions that may be developed.
10. Work to ensure that the objectives proposed by the United Nations become a true reality, step by step, even beyond the time horizon set by the UN.
With the support of: Gobierno de España and Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias.
Partner organisations: Unilever, Coca-cola, Cruz Roja Española, Segittur, Mahou San Miguel, L'oreal, Climatetrade, Don Simón, Paradores, Almanatura, Fundación Caja Rural del Sur, Fundación Patrimonio Culturar Olivarero, Cosentino, HomeServe, Balam agriculture, Rfen aquatics, CAPSA Food, Alastria, Hostelling International, Trops, Avanza, Federación Andaluza de Municipios y Provincias, Ayuntamiento de Segovia, Fenacore e Imagina Energía
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
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
Proportion of urban population living in slums, informal settlements or inadequate housing
Proportion of population that has convenient access to public transport, by sex, age and persons with disabilities
Ratio of land consumption rate to population growth rate
Proportion of cities with a direct participation structure of civil society in urban planning and management that operate regularly and democratically
Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
Total per capita expenditure on the preservation, protection and conservation of all cultural and natural heritage, by source of funding (public, private), type of heritage (cultural, natural) and level of government (national, regional, and local/municipal)
By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population
Direct economic loss attributed to disasters in relation to global domestic product (GDP)
(a) Damage to critical infrastructure and (b) number of disruptions to basic services, attributed to disasters
By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
Proportion of municipal solid waste collected and managed in controlled facilities out of total municipal waste generated, by cities
Annual mean levels of fine particulate matter (e.g. PM2.5 and PM10) in cities (population weighted)
Average share of the built-up area of cities that is open space for public use for all, by sex, age and persons with disabilities
Proportion of persons victim of physical or sexual harassment, by sex, age, disability status and place of occurrence, in the previous 12 months
Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
Number of countries that have national urban policies or regional development plans that (a) respond to population dynamics; (b) ensure balanced territorial development; and (c) increase local fiscal space
By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies
Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection
Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries
Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources
Additional financial resources mobilized for developing countries from multiple sources
Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress
Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries
Number of countries that adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for developing countries, including the least developed countries
Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
Fixed Internet broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by speed
Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
Total amount of funding for developing countries to promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies
Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology
Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation
Dollar value of financial and technical assistance (including through North-South, South‑South and triangular cooperation) committed to developing countries
Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda
Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020
Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of global exports
Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, including by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access
Weighted average tariffs faced by developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing States
Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence
Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development
Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
Amount in United States dollars committed to public-private partnerships for infrastructure
By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
Statistical capacity indicator for Sustainable Development Goal monitoring
Number of countries with a national statistical plan that is fully funded and under implementation, by source of funding
By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries
Proportion of countries that (a) have conducted at least one population and housing census in the last 10 years; and (b) have achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration
SDG 14 targets covered
Deliverables & Timeline
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Institutions, third sector organisations, companies from all fields and civil society, all allied around a common purpose: to lead a cultural revolution that will help to avoid a water crisis and contribute to lay the foundations for sustainable development, as the cornerstone of a future that will be sustainable, or maybe not.