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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Water and Engineering

World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)

    Founded in 1968, under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) in Paris, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) is an international, non-governmental organization representing the engineering profession worldwide. WFEO brings together national engineering organizations from some 100 nations and represents more than 30 million engineers from around the world.
    The Agenda 2030 SDGs are based on findings from the natural and social sciences and other fields regarding the implementation of necessary changes to ensure the survival and prosperity of all people and all forms of life on the planet.
    Engineering is present in all the SDGs, in the work themes of the objectives of the Decade and in the topics of the five interactive dialogues of UN 2023 Water Conference. But the role of the diverse engineering disciplines has not been perceived as central to the achievement of the SDGs among other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, even in SCG-6.
    Engineering has been able to adapt knowledge (scientific, indigenous, local and community science) to the needs of society and the environment, with particular attention to sustainability, circularity, and resilience of water sources. Thus, contributing to a sustainable, intelligent, and inclusive development. It should not be forgotten that there is an important link between a country's engineering capacity and its economic development.
    Also, engineering education has changed a lot in a short period. To address SDG-6 goals and targets, engineers have expanded their thinking beyond strictly technical solutions, focusing more on environmental and social aspects, such as, “Do No Significant Harm” principle, gender-sensitive planning, human-rights-based approach, and leaving-no-one-behind, among others. Facing present and future water-related challenges (population growth, climate change, sea level rise, droughts, floods, etc.), engineers’ capacity goes far beyond traditional solutions providing the best response (grey, green and/or blue) to each specific case.
    However, with half the world living in poverty and millions of people without sufficient water and food or sanitation, engineering is needed to support the progress of sustainable development across the world.
    The objective of this commitment is to disseminate the engineering perspective on water issues related to the achievement of SDG-6 goals and targets through the publication of documents on WFEO webpage, taking into consideration that this SDG is interrelated with all the goals of the 2030 Agenda.

    Expected Impact

    World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) brings together national engineering organizations from some 100 nations and represents more than 30 million engineers from around the world. WFEO is the internationally recognized and chosen leader of the engineering profession and cooperates with national and other international professional institutions in being the lead profession in developing and applying engineering to constructively resolve international and national issues for the benefit of humanity.
    It is expected that in addition to WFEO members, this engineering water vision will reach the general public.

    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
    Paper on "Engineering, Groundwater, and Integrated Water Resources Management"
    Staff / Technical expertise
    WFEO Water Committee
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    01 March 2023 (start date)
    01 December 2023 (date of completion)
    World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)
    1. Global
    Other beneficiaries


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    Jacques, Executive Director