Monitoring SDG6 on water and sanitation

Building political support

The importance of high-level recognition and support for the monitoring process, from leaders in all relevant sectors and institutions, has been highlighted by many countries implementing SDG 6 monitoring. This is key for ensuring that the data are being shared across sectors and institutions, that they are being used for policy- and decision-making and to secure funding for monitoring over time.

Political support for the monitoring process can be built by highlighting how data can improve policy- and decision-making and planning. Photo credit: Creative Commons Attribution

To build political support, it is essential to:

  • Make a strong case for why monitoring is important, highlighting how policy- and decision-making and planning can be improved by having access to high-quality data.
  • Clearly communicate the implications of the 2030 Agenda and the links between global and national processes, especially with respect to monitoring e.g. the role of global vis-à-vis national indicators, how country data will be used at the global level.
  • Clearly communicate what is feasible within the national context and a specified time frame, to manage expectations. The “progressive monitoring steps” can be useful in showing that it is possible to start monitoring SDG 6 in a relatively simple and resource-efficient manner.
  • Build on and strengthen existing national governance structures.