Monitoring SDG6 on water and sanitation

Indicators

On the following pages you find an overview of available resources for monitoring each of the SDG 6 global indicators

Water is at the core of sustainable development. Photo credit: Jojo Nicdao, Creative Commons Attribution

Sustainable Development Goal 6: Towards a sustainable water future

To ensure sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, it is essential to look at the water cycle in its entirety, including all uses and users. Countries need to move away from the sectoral development and management of water resources, in favour of a more integrated approach that can balance different needs fairly. This is exactly what SDG 6 seeks to do – by expanding the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) focus on drinking water and basic sanitation to include water, wastewater and ecosystem resources, and together with target SDG 11.5 on water-related disasters, all the main aspects related to freshwater in the context of sustainable development are covered. Bringing these aspects together under one goal is an initial step towards addressing sector fragmentation and enabling coherent and sustainable management, thereby establishing SDG 6 as a major step towards a sustainable water future.

Monitoring makes it happen

Monitoring is not an end but rather a means to implement more effectively and efficiently. High-quality data help policy- and decision makers at all levels of government to identify challenges and set priorities, identify interlinkages across sectors (to harness synergies and manage potential conflicts) and learn about good practices. Data communicate progress over time, or lack thereof (and therefore associated requirements), to ensure accountability between governments and their citizens, as well as to raise awareness and gain political support, which in turn stimulates investment.

Water monitoring in Kenya. Photo credit: Georgina Smith, Creative Commons Attribution