Water Proposed as Sustainable Development Goal
On Saturday 19 July, the Open Working Group adopted a proposal for Sustainable Development Goals to be forwarded to the 69th session of the General Assembly for its consideration. 'Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all' is proposed in the stand alone 6th goal and also found in the chapeau of the text as well as under other proposed goals.
To a standing ovation, the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group concluded the work of nearly 18 months of discussion on the post-2015 agenda. Mr. Csaba Kõrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, and Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya have been leading the process of developing and proposing a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and on Saturday the proposal was adopted to be forwarded to the General Assembly for consideration.
References to water and sanitation are found in five of the proposed 17 goals and especially in goal 6 'Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all'. In the final phase of the work at the UN Headquarters in New York, UN-Water was called upon to support the discussions with technical clarifications on the proposed formulations and implications. Read more about the process and UN-Water's technical advice.