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Water and sanitation are at the core of sustainable development, and the range of services they provide underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. However, in recent decades overexploitation, pollution, and climate change have led to severe water stress in locales across the world.  

Today, 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water, and more than 4.2 billion people lack safely managed sanitation. Climate change is exacerbating the situation, with increasing disasters such as floods and droughts. 80 per cent of wastewater in the world flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused, and 70 per cent of the world’s natural wetland extent has been lost, including a significant loss of freshwater species. 

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an additional impediment, impairing access for billions of people to safely managed drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services – services desperately needed to prevent the virus from spreading. 

Now more than ever the world needs to transform the way it manages its water resources and delivers water and sanitation services for billions of people. Urgent action is needed to overcome this global crisis, as it is affecting all countries around the world, socially, economically and environmentally. 

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on water and sanitation, adopted by United Nations Member States at the 2015 UN Summit as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, provides the blueprint for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. 

As a direct response to the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development called for by Heads of State and Government at the SDG Summit in 2019, the UN system launched the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework in July 2020, to step up progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and put the world on track to realize their targets by 2030. We call upon all stakeholders to galvanize actions around the framework in order to accelerate achievement of the water-related goals and targets and overcome the global crisis. 

 

Background 

While SDG 6 is the most recent iteration of the United Nations’ aim to address water-related issues, the topic has long been a concern at the United Nations.  

In 1977 the Mar del Plata conference in Argentina created an Action Plan on “Community Water Supply”, declaring that all peoples have the right to access to drinking water in quantities and quality equal to their basic needs. The importance of water was further raised by the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade from 1981 to 1990 and in 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro (Agenda 21, Chapter 18), as well as at the International Conference on Water and the Environment (ICWE) in Dublin.  

In 1993 the World Water Day was designated on 22 March by the UN General Assembly, and in 2013 World Toilet Day on 19 November. 

In 2000 the Millennium Development Declaration called for the world to halve by 2015 the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water as well as the proportion of people who do not have access to basic sanitation and in 2003 the International Year of Freshwater was declared by the General Assembly, followed by the “Water for Life" Decade from 2005 to 2015. 

In order to coordinate the efforts of UN entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues, the Chief Executives Board (CEB) of the United Nations established in 2003 UN-Water — a UN inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater and sanitation related issues. 

In 2008 the International Year of Sanitation was declared and on 28 July 2010 the human right to water and sanitation was explicitly recognized by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 64/292. 

In December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution “International Decade for Action – Water for Sustainable Development” (2018–2028) in support of the achievement of SDG 6 and other water-related targets, and on 21 December 2020, the resolution  on the “United Nations Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018–2028”,  the first UN Conference on water since 1977. Water is also at the heart of milestone agreements such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2015 Paris Agreement. 

Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all has therefore been for a long time a topic at the United Nations and the priority is now turning the new vision of water related SDGs of the 2030 Agenda into reality, through national leadership and global partnership.  

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Vibhu Nayar, Tamil Nadu Rural Water Supply Programme, India Public Utility Partnership Experiences 26-Jul-2006
Mohd Zin Othman, Ranhill Water Services, Malaysia Public Utility Partnership Experiences 26-Jul-2006
Kumala Siregar, South East Asian Water Utilities Network (SEAWUN) Public Utility Partnership Experiences 26-Jul-2006
Abdelali I Zerouali, African Water Association Public Utility Partnership Experiences 26-Jul-2006
Visoth Chea, Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority, Cambodia Public Utility Partnership Experiences 26-Jul-2006
Vibhu Nayar, Tamil Nadu Rural Water Supply Programme, India Public Utility Partnership Experiences 26-Jul-2006
Mr. Luis FernandoUlloa Vergara, ANDESCO, Colombia Round Table 1: Looking Beyond the “Water Utility Box” 11-Jun-2007
Mr. Roman Ghio, ADERASA Round Table 1: Looking Beyond the “Water Utility Box” 11-Jun-2007
Mr. Tarcisio Alvarez-Rivero, DSD Round Table 1: Looking Beyond the “Water Utility Box” 11-Jun-2007
Bangladesh Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
UN HABITAT Sanitation 2-Mar-2005
Major Group: Indigenous Peoples Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Jamaica Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Finland Sanitation 2-Mar-2005
Australia Sanitation 2-Mar-2005
Norway Sanitation 2-Mar-2005
Major Group: Workers & Trade Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
China Sanitation 2-Mar-2005
Switzerland Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Venezuela Sanitation 2-Mar-2005
Spain Sanitation 2-Mar-2005
Major Group: Business & Industry Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Major Group: Workers & Trade Sanitation 2-Mar-2005
Switzerland Sanitation 2-Mar-2005
Major Group: Women Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Major Group: Science & Technology Sanitation 2-Mar-2005
United Kingdom Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Patrick Birungi, Director, Development Planning, National Planning Authority Session 1 27-May-2015
Alan AtKisson, President AtKisson Group; and Kate Raworth, Oxford University Session 1 27-May-2015
David O’Connor, Chief, Policy Analysis and Networks Branch, DSD, UNDESA Session 1 27-May-2015
Günther Bachmann, Director, German Council for Sustainable Development Session 1 28-May-2015
Adele Catzim-Sanchez, CEO, Ministry of Forestry Fisheries and SD Session 1 27-May-2015
Mr. M. Aslam Chaudhry, DSD Session 1: Managing Water and Sanitation Services in Urban Areas - Issues and Challenges 11-Jun-2007
Aslam Chaudhry, UN DESA Session 1: Managing Water and Sanitation Services in Urban Areas - Issues and Challenges 6-Dec-2006
Ms. Leida Mercado, SURF-LAC Session 1: Managing Water and Sanitation Services in Urban Areas - Issues and Challenges 11-Jun-2007
Daniel Adom, UN-HABITAT Session 1: Managing Water and Sanitation Services in Urban Areas - Issues and Challenges 6-Dec-2006
Mrs. Cassilda Teixeira, COPASA - Brazil Session 1: Managing Water and Sanitation Services in Urban Areas - Issues and Challenges 11-Jun-2007
Stephen M. Donkor, UNECA Session 1: Managing Water and Sanitation Services in Urban Areas - Issues and Challenges 6-Dec-2006
Mr. Leandro Amargos,- International Federation of Private Water Operators Session 1: Managing Water and Sanitation Services in Urban Areas - Issues and Challenges 11-Jun-2007
Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company Session 1: Managing Water and Sanitation Services in Urban Areas - Issues and Challenges 6-Dec-2006
Mr. Patricio Naveas, IADB Session 1: Managing Water and Sanitation Services in Urban Areas - Issues and Challenges 11-Jun-2007
Roohi Abdullah, Consultant/UN DESA Session 1: Managing Water and Sanitation Services in Urban Areas - Issues and Challenges 6-Dec-2006
Sudan (In absence) Session 2 27-May-2015
Senegal Session 2 27-May-2015
Romania Session 2 27-May-2015
Nigeria Session 2 27-May-2015
Morocco Session 2 27-May-2015
Jamaica Session 2 27-May-2015
Togo Session 2 27-May-2015
Egypt Session 2 27-May-2015
Bhutan Session 2 27-May-2015
Bangladesh Session 2 27-May-2015
Jordan (In absence) Session 2 27-May-2015
Comores Session 2 27-May-2015
Migemi Abraham, Mekorot Water Co. Ltd., Tel Aviv Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 6-Dec-2006
Mr. Emilio Lentini, ETOSS, Argentina Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 12-Jun-2007
Antonio Miranda, UNSG Advisory Board on WATSAN Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 6-Nov-2006
Umberto Triulzi, IPALMO Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 6-Dec-2006
Ms. Brita Forssberg, SIWI, Sweden Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 12-Jun-2007
Alain Morel, WSP Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 6-Dec-2006
Ms. Cecilia Martinez Leal, Ministry for Social Development Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 12-Jun-2007
Graham Alabaster, UN-HABITAT Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 6-Dec-2006
Case Study 1: Mr. Jorge Paredes, SISS, Chile Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 12-Jun-2007
Hakan Tropp, SIWI/Water Integrity Network Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 6-Dec-2006
Case Study 2: Mr. Eddie Blandon – CNPML, Nicaragua Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 12-Jun-2007
Emanuele Lobina, PSIRU, University of Greenwich Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 6-Dec-2006
Case Study 3: Mr. Everton G. Hunter NWC, Jamaica Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 12-Jun-2007
William Muhairwe, NWSC, Uganda Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 6-Dec-2006
Mr. Antonio Miranda, Member UNSG Advisory Board on W&S Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 12-Jun-2007
Symerre Grey-Jonnson, African Forum for Utilities Regulators, AFUR Session 2: Strengthening Institutional Governance and Accountability 6-Dec-2006
Adriana Briceno Lopez, Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy (MIDEPLAN) Session 3 28-May-2015
Gervais Tchao, Meatchi, Directeur, Planification et Politiques Publiques Session 3 28-May-2015
YOO Beom Sik, Director, Research Strategy and Planning, Environment Research Institute Session 3 28-May-2015
Mr. Daniel Platz, FfD Session 3: Financing Water and Sanitation Services 11-Jun-2007
Ms. Leida Mercado, SURF-LAC Session 3: Financing Water and Sanitation Services 11-Jun-2007
Mr. David le Blanc, DSD Session 3: Financing Water and Sanitation Services 11-Jun-2007
Gerard Payen Session 3: Financing Water and Sanitation Services 7-Dec-2006
Sven-Erik Skogsfors, SIWI Session 3: Financing Water and Sanitation Services 7-Dec-2006
Meera Mehta, Consultant, W&S Program Session 3: Financing Water and Sanitation Services 7-Dec-2006
David Le Blanc, UN DESA Session 3: Financing Water and Sanitation Services 7-Dec-2006
Mr. Gerard Payen, Member of the “Gurria Task Force” on Water Financing Session 3: Financing Water and Sanitation Services 11-Jun-2007
Timeyin Uwejamomere, WaterAid UK Session 3: Financing Water and Sanitation Services 7-Dec-2006
Gabriel Rivera Conde y Castañeda, Chief, Strategic Projects, Office of the… Session 4 28-May-2015
Claude Villeneuve, Director, ÉcoConseil, University of Québec in Chicoutimi Session 4 28-May-2015
Temesgen Walelign, DG, Bureau of M&E, National Planning Commission Session 4 28-May-2015
Luis Gonzalez Morales, UN Statistics Division, DESA Session 4 28-May-2015
László Pintér, Professor, Central European University and Senior Fellow and… Session 4 28-May-2015
Mr. Antonio Miranda, Member UNSG Advisory Board on W&S Session 4: Promoting Partnerships Among Water Operators 12-Jun-2007
Antonio Miranda Session 4: Promoting Partnerships Among Water Operators 7-Dec-2006
Mr. Keith Robertson, IWA Session 4: Promoting Partnerships Among Water Operators 12-Jun-2007
Keith Robertson, IWA Session 4: Promoting Partnerships Among Water Operators 7-Dec-2006
AfWA Session 4: Promoting Partnerships Among Water Operators 7-Dec-2006
Symerre Grey-Johnson, African Forum for Utility Regulators Session 4: Promoting Partnerships Among Water Operators 7-Dec-2006
Rand Water Session 4: Promoting Partnerships Among Water Operators 7-Dec-2006
Water Utility Partnership Session 4: Promoting Partnerships Among Water Operators 7-Dec-2006
Jeffrey Crawford, SD Officer, DSD, UNDESA Session 5 28-May-2015
Camaren Peter, Extraordinary Senior Lecturer, School of Public Leadership, Sustainability… Session 5 28-May-2015
Marco Sánchez, Economic Affairs Office, DPAD, UNDESA Session 5 28-May-2015
Günther Bachmann, Director, German Council for Sustainable Development Session 5 28-May-2015
Tounao Kiri, Spécialiste de programme, Institut de la Francophonie pour le… Session 5 28-May-2015
Nguyen Le Thuy, Deputy DG, SD Office, Ministry of Planning & Investment Session 5 28-May-2015
Neil Pierre Chief, Policy Coordination Branch, OESC/DESA Session 5 28-May-2015
Mr. Keith Robertson, IWA Session 5: Capacity Building Needs of Public Water Utilities in LAC 13-Jun-2007
Mr. Jose Fernando Cardenas, ACODAL, Colombia Session 5: Capacity Building Needs of Public Water Utilities in LAC 13-Jun-2007
Mr. Jaime Patricio Salvador, EMAPAR, Ecuador Session 5: Capacity Building Needs of Public Water Utilities in LAC 13-Jun-2007
Daniel Sherrard, Provost, Earth University, Costa Rica Session 6 29-May-2015
Yoon Jong Soo, Head of Office, UNOSD, Incheon, Korea Session 6 29-May-2015
Francois Fortier, Interregional Adviser on Policy and Planning, DSD, UNDESA Session 6 29-May-2015
Francois Fortier, Interregional Adviser on Policy and Planning, DSD, UNDESA Session 6 29-May-2015
John Holmberg, Vice-President, Chalmers University, Sweden Session 6 29-May-2015
Current developments on a water-related SDG Setting the Scene – Post-2015 the Context 25-Nov-2013
Overview of and progress in a programme of work in the area of measures to complement GDP Setting the Scene – Post-2015 the Context 25-Nov-2013
Message on World Water Day Statements 22-Mar-2010
Statement of the Kingdom of The Netherlands Statements 29-May-2020
H.E. Mr. Ishikane Kimihiro, Permanent Representative of Japan Statements 1-Jun-2020
Mr. Liu Zhenmin Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs -… Statements 5-Dec-2018
Mr. Liu Zhenmin Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs - Opening… Statements 14-Oct-2018
Secretary-General's video message for the Global Water 2020 Stakeholder Commitments… Statements 19-Jun-2019
H.E. Ms. Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland Statements 29-May-2020
Mr. Liu Zhenmin Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs - Launching… Statements 29-Oct-2019
Secretary-General's remarks at Launch of International Decade for Action Statements 22-Mar-2018
H.E. Mr. João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment and Climate Action,… Statements 29-May-2020
UN Secretary-General message for World Water Day 2020 “Water and Climate Change” Statements 22-Mar-2020
Turkey Statements 19-Apr-2004
Secretary-General's message on World Water Day Statements 22-Mar-2019
Mr. Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social… Statements 29-May-2020
Mr. Liu Zhenmin Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs - International… Statements 3-Feb-2020
Kenya (Part 1) Statements 30-Apr-2004
Note to Correspondents: UN Secretary-General and World Bank Group President Appoint… Statements 21-Apr-2019
Message to High-Level Conference on the mid-term review of the implementation of the… Statements 8-Jun-2010
H.E. Mrs. Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary Statements 2-Jun-2020
H.E. Mr. Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Statements 29-May-2020
Video Message by Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, for the side… Statements 1-Oct-2019
Mikio Ishiwatari, JICA Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Le Huu Ti Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Christel Rose Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
David O’Connor Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Hubert Jenny Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Niels van Dijk Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Manuel B. Dengo Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
John Pasch Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Batdelger Luuzan Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Andre Dzikus Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Gerard Payen, Gurria Task Force Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Meera Mehta Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Kulwant Singh Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Jean-Luc Redaud, ISO/TC224 Secretariat Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Reza Ardakanian, Regional Center on Urban Water Management (RCUWN), Iran Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Antonio Miranda Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Sergio Feld Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Darren Saywell, International Water Association (IWA) Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
David Boys, Public Services International Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Antonio Miranda Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Kenzo Hiroki, Inter-regional Adviser Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Sven-Erik Skogsfors, SIWI Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
M. Aslam Chaudhry Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
Nadim Mulhem, GTZ Thematic Presentations 27-Jul-2006
P.B. Ramamurthy, Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, Bangalore, India Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
Mohammed Osman Amin, Chittagong Water and Sewerage Authority (CWASA), Bangladesh Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
Wutichai Rangsiyawath, Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) Bangkok, Thailand Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
Pan Anjun, Beijing Water Authority, China Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
S.R.J.R. Senanayake, National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWS&DB), Sri Lanka Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
Young-June Choi, Office of Waterworks, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea… Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
Arasu Sivaraman, Public Utilities Board Singapore Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
Mazhar Ali Khan, Department of Public Health, Punjab, Pakistan Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
N.C. Muniyappa, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board, India Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
Tian Qi, Ministry of Water Resources, China Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
Hedayetullah Al-Mamoon, Managing Director, Dhaka WASA, Bangladesh Utility Case Studies 25-Jul-2006
Venezuela Water 1-Mar-2005
Major Group: Women Water 12-Apr-2005
South Africa Water 12-Apr-2005
European Union Water 28-Feb-2007
Major Group: Women Water 2-Mar-2005
United States of America (Part 1) Water 12-Apr-2005
Major Group: NGOs Water 1-Mar-2005
Botswana Water 12-Apr-2005
Switzerland (Part 1) Water 12-Apr-2005
Major Group: NGOs Water 12-Apr-2005
Madagascar Water 1-Mar-2005
Japan Water 12-Apr-2005
United States of America (Part 2) Water 12-Apr-2005
Australia Water 2-Mar-2005
France Water 12-Apr-2005
Switzerland (Part 2) Water 12-Apr-2005
Norway Water 1-Mar-2005
Lesotho Water 12-Apr-2005
Major Group: Business & Industry Water 12-Apr-2005
European Union Water 2-Mar-2005
Iceland Water 12-Apr-2005
Saudi Arabia Water 1-Mar-2005
Norway Water 12-Apr-2005
Norway Water 2-Mar-2005
Iran Water 12-Apr-2005
United States of America Water 3-Mar-2005
United States of America Water 1-Mar-2005
Major Group: Children & Youth Water 12-Apr-2005
FAO Water 2-Mar-2005
Tanzania Water 1-Mar-2005
Bangladesh Water 12-Apr-2005
Major Group: Indigenous Peoples Water 12-Apr-2005
China Water 1-Mar-2005
Major Group: NGOs Water 2-Mar-2005
China Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Namibia Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Saudi Arabia Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Workers & Trade Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Germany Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Business & Industry Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Jamaica Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Morocco Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Women (Part 2) Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Korea Water & Sanitation 24-May-2013
Finland Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Thailand Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
FAO/IFAD Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
France Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) Water & Sanitation 23-May-2013
Italy Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: NGOs Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Czech Republic Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Namibia Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Saudi Arabia Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
China (Part 1) Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
India Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Children & Youth Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Jamaica Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Canada, Israel and United States of America Water & Sanitation 24-May-2013
Morocco Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Women (Part 2) Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
European Union Water & Sanitation 23-May-2013
Finland Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Uganda Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Major Group: Farmers Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
France Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Poland and Romania Water & Sanitation 22-May-2013
Italy Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: NGOs Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Troika (Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina) Water & Sanitation 24-May-2013
Czech Republic Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Norway Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Switzerland Water & Sanitation 11-May-2008
China (Part 1) Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
India Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Children & Youth Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Mali Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Netherlands Water & Sanitation 11-May-2008
Major Group: Workers & Trade Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Major Group: Farmers Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
France Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Uganda Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Germany Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Montenegro and Slovenia Water & Sanitation 23-May-2013
Japan Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
UNIDO Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Least Developed Countries Water & Sanitation 24-May-2013
Estonia Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Norway Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Switzerland Water & Sanitation 11-May-2008
China (Part 2) Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Iran Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Indigenous Peoples Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Troika (Kazakhstan, China and Indonesia) Water & Sanitation 23-May-2013
Australia Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Mali Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Major Group: Workers & Trade Water & Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Netherlands Water & Sanitation 11-May-2008
Major Group: Workers & Trade Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Major Group: Science & Technology Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
France Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
United States of America Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Germany Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Water & Sanitation 24-May-2013
Japan Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
UNIDO Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
African Group Water & Sanitation 24-May-2013
Estonia Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Switzerland Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Major Group: Business & Industry Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
China (Part 2) Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Tanzania Water & Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Iran Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Indigenous Peoples Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Australia Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Morocco Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Major Group: Workers & Trade Water & Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Palestine Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Science & Technology Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Philippines Water & Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Group of 77 & China Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
United States of America Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Greece Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Bulgaria and Croatia Water & Sanitation 24-May-2013
Mexico Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Women (Part 1) Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Italy Water & Sanitation 24-May-2013
European Union Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Switzerland Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Major Group: Business & Industry Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Israel Water & Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
European Union Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Tanzania Water & Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Israel Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Local Authorities Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
China Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Morocco Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Palestine Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Workers & Trade Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Philippines Water & Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Germany Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Business & Industry Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Greece Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Republic of Korea Water & Sanitation 22-May-2013
Mexico Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Women (Part 1) Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Israel Water & Sanitation 12-Apr-2005
Major Group: Business & Industry Water & Sanitation 24-May-2013
European Union Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Thailand Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
FAO/IFAD Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
European Union Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008
Israel Water & Sanitation 12-May-2008
Major Group: Local Authorities Water & Sanitation 13-May-2008

Milestones

  • January 2018 International Decade
    In December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution “International Decade (2018–2028) for Action – Water for Sustainable Development” to help put a greater focus on water during ten years. The Decade will commence on World Water Day 22 March 2018, and terminate on World Water Day, 22 March 2028.
  • January 2016 HLPW
    United Nations Secretary-General and President of the World Bank Group convened a High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), consisting of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, to provide the leadership required to champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services.
  • January 2015 SDG 6
    In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States reaffirm in paragraph 7 their "commitments regarding the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation". Sustainable Development Goal 6 aims to "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all".
  • Through the adoption of Resolution 64/292 on 28 July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly affirmed the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the achievement of all human rights.
  • January 2008 CSD-16
    CSD-16 and CSD-17 focused on the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. As far as CSD-16 is concerned, on this occasion delegates were called to review implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation and the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States and the CSD-13 decisions on water and sanitation. A High-level Segment was also held from 14-16 May, with nearly 60 ministers in attendance.
  • By adopting Resolution 61/192 in December 2005, the General Assembly declared 2008 International Year of Sanitation with the objective of raising further awareness of the key role sanitation has in all areas and to promote action at all levels.
  • In the first two-year Implementation Cycle following the WSSD, CSD-12 and CSD-13 focused on water, sanitation and human settlements and decisions related to these three thematic areas were adopted during the latter. Resolution 13/1, in particular identified the Policy options and practical measures to expedite implementation in water, sanitation and human settlements.
  • January 2005 Water for Life Decade
    The ' Water for Life' Decade has been taking place in order to promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015. Focus is on furthering cooperation at all levels, so that the water-related goals of the Millennium Declaration, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation of the World Summit for Sustainable Development, and Agenda 21 can be achieved. The challenge of the Decade is to focus attention on action-oriented activities and policies that ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources, in terms of both quantity and quality, and include measures to improve sanitation. Achieving the goals of the 'Water for Life' Decade requires sustained commitment, cooperation and investment on the part of all stakeholders from 2005 to 2015 and far beyond.
  • January 2004 CSD-12
    CSD-12 convened from 14-30 April 2004 and was organized as follow: 1) Preparatory meeting for the International Meeting on the 10-year Review of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS. 2) The CSD-12 Review Session was focused on identifying challenges and lessons learnt in the areas related to water, human setttlements, sanitation. 3)The High-level Segment was held from 28 to 30 of April and saw the participation of over 100 Ministers. At its conclusion, the Commission adopted the report of the session, which included a non-negotiated Chair’s Summary.
  • January 2004 UNSGAB
    Established in 2004 by the UN SG Mr Kofi Annan, the UNSG's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) is an independent body responsible for advicing the SG on all matters related to water and sanitation and for promoting action in those particular areas.

This is a compilation of SDG 6 references in statements delivered at the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The information reflected on this website has been taken directly from the official statements received from Member States and does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations. For those statements not available in English, an unofficial translation was prepared.

For more information on the General Assembly process, please click here.

Countries marked with an asterisk (*) represent Member States who have made firm commitments to advancing SDG 6 in their statement at the General Debate of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly.

This is a compilation of the 2020 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) regarding information reported on SDG 6. The information reflected on this website has been taken directly from the official VNRs received from Member States and does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations. For those VNRs not available in English, an unofficial translation was prepared. 

For more information on the VNR process, please click here.

To read the 2020 VNR Synthesis Report, please click here

To read the 2021 Compilation of main messages for the 2021 VNRs, please click here.

To read the Secretariat Background Note for the VNRs at the 2021 HLPF, please click here.

 

Afghanistan | 2021
Argentina | 2020
Angola | 2021
Antigua & Barbuda | 2021
Armenia | 2020
Austria  | 2020 
Azerbaijan | 2021
Bangladesh | 2020 
Bhutan | 2021
Bolivia | 2021
Brunei Darussalam | 2020
Bulgaria | 2020
Burundi | 2020 
Cabo Verde | 2021
Chad | 2021
China | 2021
Colombia | 2021
Comoros | 2020 
Cuba | 2021
Cyprus | 2021
Czech Republic | 2021
Democratic People's Republic of Korea | 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo | 2020 
Denmark | 2021
Dominican Republic | 2021
Ecuador | 2020 
Egypt | 2021
Estonia | 2020
Finland | 2020
Gambia | 2020 
Germany | 2021
India | 2020 
Indonesia | 2021
Japan | 2021
Kenya | 2020
Kyrgyz Republic | 2020 
Lao People's Democratic Republic | 2021
Madagascar | 2021
Malaysia | 2021
Marshal Islands | 2021
Mexico | 2021
Morocco | 2020
Mozambique | 2020 
Namibia | 2021
Nepal | 2020 
Nicaragua | 2021
Niger | 20202021
Nigeria | 2020
North Macedonia | 2020 
Norway | 2021
Panama | 2020
Papua New Guinea | 2020
Paraguay | 2021
Peru | 2020 
Qatar |  2021
Republic of Moldova | 2020
Russian Federation | 2020 
San Marino | 2021
Spain | 2021
Sweden | 2021
Thailand | 2021
Tunisia | 2021
Uganda | 2020
Ukraine | 2020 
Uruguay | 2021
Uzbekistan | 2020
Zambia | 2020 
Zimbabwe | 2021

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About the Water Action Decade 2018-2028

The United Nations has long been addressing the global crisis caused by unsafe water and sanitation and growing demands on the world’s water resources to meet human, economic and environmental needs.

In December 2017, UN Member States adopted United Nations General Assembly resolution 71/222 on an International Decade for Action on ‘Water for Sustainable Development’ 2018-2028.

In response to the ambitious 2030 Agenda, the Water Action Decade will accelerate efforts towards meeting water-related challenges, including limited access to safe water and sanitation, increasing pressure on water resources and ecosystems, and an exacerbated risk of droughts and floods.

Water and sanitation are preconditions to life and we must put a greater focus on these human rights. During the decade, the international community sets out to:

  1. Advance sustainable development
  2. Energize existing programmes and projects
  3. Inspire action to achieve the 2030 Agenda

Learn more at Water Action Decade | Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Action Networks for the SDGs are action-oriented networks and communities that are maintained by UN system entities or actors that focus on accelerating progress in certain sustainable development thematic areas, typically contributing to multiple interlinked SDGs.

Action networks are useful in mobilizing resources, generating momentum and creating awareness, spurring tangible results in support of the objectives of the network, scaling up existing initiatives or catalyzing new SMART commitments and actions.

 

Acceleration Action Updates 2021

The following actions were published in July (updated July 12th):

   1. City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA)  | Arup, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) & Resilient Cities Network (RCN) 

   2. Support action, innovation and learning to address source-to-sea priorities | Action Platform on Source-to-Sea Management (Partnership)

 

The following actions were published in June: 

   1. Reimagine WASH: Making services climate resilient to tackle water scarcity - (UNICEF) & Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) 

   2. Water/ocean governance thought leadership, thematic expertise, technical support and policy advocacy promoted and strengthened globally - UNDP & SIWI Water Governance Facility

     3. The H2O Project for Youth Engagement in Rural Field Actions | My H2O

     4. Scaling up a sustainable solution for safe drinking water | 1001 Fontaines

     5. Prev leak project  | Technologica Plumbing Solutions

 

The following actions were published in May:

   1. The H2O Solution for clean drinking water in rural China | My H2O

   2. Extend access to drinking water at the bottom of the pyramid using chlorinated solutions in Burkina Faso | BILADA

 

The following actions were published in March:

  1. Strategic Action Programme for the Lake Chad Basin - Building Climate Change Resilience and Reducing Ecosystem Stress | UNDP  

  2. Ending Coastal Water Scarcity using the Sea & Sun | Elemental Water Makers

  3. Rain Water Management | Shree Someshwar Education Trust

  4. WaterProject | University of Southeastern Norway

  5. SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme | Global Water Partnership

  6. Integrated Environmental Management of the Río Motagua Watershed | Ministry of Foreign Relations Guatemala

  7. TSC Water Security Fund® | Thomas Schumann Capital

  8. Water Resources | UNDP

  9. Water- Energy- Food -Safety- Ecology -Community- Health (WEFSECH) | SeaNexus bluebioeconomy

  10. BrighTap | BrighTAP

  11. Global Sustainable Supply Chains for Marine Commodities -  Ministries and Bureaus of Fisheries and Planning of Costa Rica, Ecuador, Indonesia and The Philippines 

 

 

 

 

Featured SDG 6 Action Networks

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Browse commitments from all networks here.

 

 

 

 

Even before COVID-19 struck, progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 was alarmingly off track. According to the latest UN report, the current rate of progress on achieving water and sanitation for all will have to quadruple to meet the 2030 deadline.

On Friday, 9 July 2021, a virtual SDG 6 Special Event will be hosted during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2021. In line with the theme of the 2021 high-level political forum on sustainable development, the Special Event will focus on how the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework can support a sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, and builds an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

The SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework introduces this multi-stakeholder, high-level, annual stock-taking event to enable stakeholders to keep up momentum on SDG 6 as well as share lessons and best practices. The SDG 6 Special Event will review the progress to date and showcase some of the projects that have been developed around the Framework. As a new contribution to the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework, progress on the SDG 6 Capacity Development Initiative will be introduced by the co-coordinators UN DESA and UNESCO.

  • Watch the recording of the event here.
  • Access the agenda for the special event, hosted on 9 July 2021 here.

For more information, please check the UN-Water website: http://www.unwater.org/sdg-6-special-event-during-high-level-political-forum-on-sustainable-development-2021

 

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