How to set up SDG 6 monitoring in countries?
Countries will need to decide on a suitable structure for implementation on the national level. In most countries, different aspects of water and sanitation are already being monitored, and structures for doing so are already in place - the task is to reconcile what already exists with the new needs of the 2030 Agenda and SDG 6.
One option could include the designation of a national focal point for SDG 6, and the establishment of a national intersectoral monitoring team. Such a team would comprise all stakeholders relevant for SDG 6 monitoring, including statistical offices, national agencies/ministries and other sector representatives. The responsibility for national data collection, analysis and dissemination, as well as reporting, could then fall on this team.
Establishing mechanisms for easy and transparent sharing and validation of data is critical for ensuring a strong link between national and global level monitoring.
In the pilot testing in 2016, in-country implementation was initiated with a national workshop and the adoption of a national implementation plan. Based on needs and available resources, pilot countries received technical support from the UN, in regard to data collection, validation, analysis and reporting.