Presenting the Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6

How to ensure harmonized monitoring of the entire water cycle?

In approaching the 2030 Agenda with a dedicated goal on water and sanitation, it was recognized that the sector at large would require a coherent monitoring framework, with improved data collection and analysis. World Health Organization (WHO) / United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) and UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) were already tracking progress for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (SDG targets 6.1 and 6.2, and 6.a and 6.b), but the many initiatives that monitored different aspects of the management of water, wastewater and ecosystem resources lacked a coherent global mechanism.

To meet this need, GEMI was established in 2014 as an inter-agency initiative composed of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), WHO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), operating under the UN-Water umbrella and complementing JMP and GLAAS.

Together, JMP, GEMI and GLAAS are referred to as the Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6, which seeks to establish and manage a coherent monitoring framework for water and sanitation to inform on progress towards the 2030 Agenda, and to contribute to country progress through well-informed decision-making on water, based on harmonized, comprehensive, timely and accurate information.

Together, JMP, GEMI and GLAAS seek to establish and manage a coherent monitoring framework for water and sanitation to inform on progress towards the 2030 Agenda (Photo credit: Jojo Nicdao, Creative Commons Attribution)

Together, JMP, GEMI and GLAAS seek to establish and manage a coherent monitoring framework for water and sanitation to inform on progress towards the 2030 Agenda (Photo credit: Jojo Nicdao, Creative Commons Attribution)

The specific objectives of the initiative are to:

  • Integrate and expand existing monitoring efforts, to ensure harmonised monitoring of the entire water cycle
  • Engage Member States in water sector monitoring, through awareness-raising and advocacy
  • Enhance the capacity of Member States in water sector monitoring
  • Report on global progress towards SDG 6

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