Monitoring SDG6 on water and sanitation

Enabling progress

Enabling progress – the role of the means of implementation

Effective implementation is dependent on an enabling environment, such as sufficient financial and human resources, efficient and transparent administrative and legal institutions, supportive policy and legal frameworks and access to expertise, technology and markets. For example, building and operating a wastewater treatment plant requires finance, skilled professionals and technology, and possibly a law on water pollution to trigger the initial investment; enforcing that law on water pollution requires institutions to monitor compliance and sanction violations.

In the 2030 Agenda, SDG 17 in its entirety is dedicated to creating an enabling environment for implementation. All other SDGs also include targets on the specific means necessary to implement them, for example, to expand international cooperation and capacity-building support (6.a) and strengthen stakeholder participation (6.b). For more information on the means necessary to implement SDG 6, please refer to the UN-Water report, Means of Implementation: A Focus on Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 17.

Different types of means for implementing SDG 6

Educating students in water and sanitation management is an example of a means of implementation for SDG 6. Photo credit: R.dwarka, Creative Commons Attribution