Monitoring water and sanitation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Credible and timely water and sanitation data provide numerous social, economic and environmental benefits in both public and private sectors, in particular stronger accountability, increased commitment and investments, and more effective decision-making. UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 supports countries in monitoring water- and sanitation-related issues within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in compiling country data to report on global progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.
On this website you can learn more about:
- SDG 6 monitoring and reporting
- Support available to countries for each of the SDG 6 global indicators
- Country experience with SDG 6 monitoring and reporting
Learn more about SDG 6 global indicators and how to monitor them
- 6.1.1 – Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services
- 6.2.1 – Proportion of population using safely managed sanitation services, including a handwashing facility with soap and water
- 6.3.1 – Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flow safely treated
- 6.3.2 – Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
- 6.4.1 – Change in water use efficiency over time
- 6.4.2 – Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources
- 6.5.1 – Degree of integrated water resources management implementation (0-100)
- 6.5.2 – Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation
For an overview of the 2019-2022 data collection process and timeline, please see this document (version 6 December 2019).
During the World Water Week in Stockholm the UN-Water SDG 6 Data Portal was launched in the session ‘Looking forward to Phase 2 of SDG 6 monitoring‘ hosted earlier today.
One of the flagship products of the UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative is the SDG 6 Data Portal, which gathers data on all the SDG 6 global indicators, as well as other key social, economic and environmental data. The portal will be launched later this year.
In 2019, the Integrated Monitoring Initiative entered into its second phase, which focuses on building country capacity and ownership. While methodological refinement and global reporting will remain important, emphasis lies on raising the capacities at national level to collect, report and make use of national data.
On 29-30 January, the GEMI Steering Committee met to discuss results from the first phase of the Integrated Monitoring Initiative, and to plan for phase 2, which just have started.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently launched the new guidelines for incorporating environmental flows into the SDG indicator 6.4.2.