Monitoring SDG6 on water and sanitation

Involving all stakeholders

The monitoring of SDG 6 will necessarily include a wide range of stakeholders, across sectors and levels of government.

With multiple stakeholders, a clear institutional set-up for the monitoring process is needed, with roles and responsibilities clearly defined. Identifying an overall SDG 6 focal point and establishing technical teams for each indicator/target, as well as an intersectoral monitoring team, can help organize stakeholders.

Country representatives have vouched for the value of such teams, noting that the process brings together many agencies and stakeholders that traditionally had not worked together before (or even met), sparking and enhancing collaboration well beyond SDG 6 monitoring.

Data on water and sanitation are collected by a wide variety of stakeholders, for example, engaged citizens who care about their community. By integrating these efforts, countries may see a large increase in the available data. Photo credit: Forest Service Northern Region, Creative Commons Attribution

Examples of other national stakeholders

  • Subnational governments
  • Public and private utilities and other service providers
  • Space agencies
  • Universities and research institutes
  • Watershed management boards
  • User associations
  • Business associations
  • National Water Partnerships
  • NGOs

Examples of regional and global stakeholders

  • Intergovernmental institutions
  • Ministerial councils
  • United Nations bodies
  • Regional commissions
  • Development partners, donors and banks
  • NGOs

Examples of national ministries and institutions involved in SDG 6 monitoring

  • Water
  • Sanitation
  • Environment
  • Meteorology
  • Hydrology
  • Geology
  • Food
  • Agriculture
  • Irrigation
  • Health
  • Public Services
  • Planning
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure
  • Production
  • Energy
  • Natural Resources
  • Mines
  • Finance
  • National Statistical Office

Records and reports from relevant service providers can be used to inform the SDG 6 indicators, for example, on the collection and treatment of faecal sludge (indicators 6.2.1 and 6.3.1). Photo credit: Julian Doczi, Creative Commons Attribution