Global implementation of SDG 6 monitoring – the 2017 integrated baseline process

Towards a global baseline for SDG 6 (Photo credit: NASA, Creative Commons Attribution)

Towards a global baseline for SDG 6 (Photo credit: NASA, Creative Commons Attribution)

Global implementation of SDG 6 monitoring will be multi-phased and initially focus on establishing a global baseline for the 11 global indicators under SDG 6. For the first phase in 2017, UN-Water has invited approximately 50 countries to participate, to be followed by further phases to reach global coverage.

It is foreseen that this first set of countries would produce baseline data by September 2017. The baseline data will feed into the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development’s in-depth review of SDG 6 in 2018.

Countries have been invited to the process via an official letter from UN-Water to their Permanent Missions in Geneva, and the process to September 2017 (and beyond) is as follows:

  • November 2016: Countries receive invitation to participate in the 2017 integrated baseline process from the Chair of UN-Water; countries respond if interested and designate a country focal point for SDG 6 monitoring
  • December 2016-March 2017: Countries receive requests for data on SDG 6 global indicators from United Nations agencies responsible for each (i.e. ‘indicator custodian agencies’)
  • March 2017: UN-Water convenes inception webinars for country focal points, to introduce them to SDG 6 monitoring and discuss how it can be implemented at the country level
  • March 2017: In-country discussions on how to implement SDG monitoring, including the formation of technical teams for monitoring each indicator; technical teams read the Integrated Monitoring Guide for SDG 6 including the detailed step-by-step methodology for each indicator
  • April 2017: Indicator custodian agencies convene technical webinars for country technical teams (one webinar per each indicator)
  • April-September 2017: In-country implementation of SDG 6 monitoring; support is provided from UN-Water and indicator custodian agencies via online tutorials, helpdesks, regional meetings, and other forms of technical support
  • September 2017: Countries submit baseline data for SDG 6 indicators to the indicator custodian agencies; in close collaboration with countries, custodian agencies validate the data
  • February 2018: Custodian agencies submit validated country data to the United Nations Statistics Division, for publication in the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 and the Global SDG Indicator Portal
  • Spring 2018: Based on the baseline data, UN-Water publishes a synthesis report on progress towards SDG 6, focusing on interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda
  • Summer 2018: High Level Political Forum (HLPF) includes an in-depth review of progress towards SDG 6, on the theme 'Transformation toward sustainable and resilient societies'

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