SDG 6 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation

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The SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 provides an overview of the status of SDG 6 implementation at the global levels, as well as some comprehensive information about how SDG 6 is interlinked to other SDG targets and indicators of the Agenda 2030 and the overall sustainability challenges that nations around the world are faced with.

By summarizing the progress towards the achievement of SDG 6, this report provides Member States with the ‘big picture’ on water and sanitation issues, outlining ways to accelerate progress towards this goal. This will enable countries to develop a roadmap towards a more sustainable development, for which water is critical in many regards.

Public dialogue

The main findings of this report have been discussed in a multi-stakeholder setting, through an online forum on the UN-Water website.

On the whole, the feedback received was very positive, the comments said that the Report is “consistent”, “covered all issues” and “comprehensive”, a “great synthesis”, and a fantastic starting point to discuss the implementation of SDG 6. The effort to make the interlinkages with other aspects of the 2030 Agenda was appreciated, as it clearly showed the importance of water to other elements of sustainable development, and vice versa. More on the Public Dialogue

As part of the Public Dialogue activities, workshops and events were organized to increase the participation of stakeholders on the discussion of main challenges, opportunities and actions needed to achieve SDG 6.


Map of events where the Sythesis Report has been presented.

Capacity development

UNESCO-WWAP facilitates both online and face-to-face trainings, inspired by the UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation. The program provides tools that can strengthen institutional capacity and the effectiveness of water governmental agencies. Moreover, it enhance countries’ capacity to deal with complex multi-sectoral and multi–disciplinary approaches in the governance of water and other natural resources.

An example of workshops and trainings:

  • Webinar 'SDG6: Global Progress and harnessing the power of the private sector' (link through Webex). Download the webinar material (pdf).
  • Workshop on the main results of the SDG6 Synthesis Report to the Member States representatives at the UN HQ - New York (USA). The workshop allowed for a substantive, in-depth and fact-based discussion anchored by the most coherent and current knowledge on the status of SDG 6. Around 80 representatives from different Member States to the UN discussed how the Report would useful for the High Level Political Forum preparations and were invited to participate in the Public Dialogue, which initiated during the event.
  • Workshop "Effective Management of Water Quality and Emerging Pollutants in Water and Wastewater in Sub-Saharan Africa"- Accra (Ghana), where 75 participants from 26 African countries participated to discuss around the main messages of the report. A moderator for each group was selected and had the task to present the findings in a plenary discussion.
  • Workshop at the "XIII Meeting of National Committees and Focal Points of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO in Latin America and the Caribbean" - Panama City (Panama), where WWAP presented the SDG 6 Synthesis Report, which raised a lot of discussions around the formulation of the indicators and the data collection at the country level.
  • Sustainability Workshop during the "XXXVI Inter-American Congress of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering"- Guayaquil (Ecuador). The meeting saw the presence of the Minister of Environment and Water from Ecuador, Mr. Humberto Cholango who was very enthusiastic about the achievement of SDG 6 in Ecuador and the need to make it inclusive reaching out isolated and indigenous communities.

An overview of all WWAP capacity development trainings


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