Monitoring SDG6 on water and sanitation


In many countries, some of the SDG 6 global indicators, or components thereof, are covered through other reporting mechanisms such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)/Eurostat questionnaire (6.3.1, 6.4.2), follow-up on the commitments of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) and the Arab Ministerial Water Council (several SDG 6 global indicators), the European Union Water Framework Directive (6.3.2, 6.6.1), the reporting under the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (6.5.2), and the Ramsar Convention (6.6.1).

It is also worth highlighting that the SDG 6 global indicators include subcomponents, some of which are used to populate multiple indicators. For example, the same data on water withdrawals is used to compute both indicator 6.4.1 and 6.4.2.

African countries meeting in Accra, Ghana, in May 2016, to discuss regional monitoring and reporting efforts taking place under the AMCOW umbrella and how these can feed into global SDG 6 monitoring and reporting. Photo credit: UN-Water

Indicator components and their interlinkages