Monitoring SDG6 on water and sanitation


Goal and objectives

The overarching goal of the Integrated Monitoring Initiative is to accelerate the achievement of SDG 6, by increasing the availability of high-quality data for evidence-based policy-making, regulations, planning and investments at all levels. More specifically, the objectives of the Initiative are 1) to support countries collect, analyse and report SDG 6 data, and 2) to support policy- and decision-makers at all levels to use this data.

Phased approach to 2030

To achieve the objectives, the Initiative is developing over 15 years through four phases with progressive shifts in focus. Throughout the phases, activities are targeted to global, regional and national levels.

Phase 1 Global baseline

Phase 1 focused on getting a baseline in place, which required methodology development and testing, and a first round of global data collection and reporting. You can learn more about the results and lessons learned from Phase 1 here.

Phase 3 Integrate and mainstream

Coordination and integration at all levels, including the mainstreaming with existing national and regional efforts, started in Phase 1 and are important priorities for Phase 2. In Phase 3 it will become the main focus. Phase 3 will also look deeper into analytical work and build further national sustainability for this process by linking it with country-level policy and investment decisions.

Phase 2 Build national ownership

In Phase 2, the focus is shifting towards building national ownership, with intensified outreach and capacity building. This relates both to technical issues, as well as cross-cutting and institutional issues. Monitoring methodologies and guidance still need to be refined, in particular looking at the use of novel data sources to cover gaps. You can learn more about the work in Phase 2 here.

Phase 4 Consolidate and sustain

Phase 4 will focus on strengthening the sustainability of the monitoring process at country, regional and global levels, and improving its effectiveness.