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Step-by-step methodology for monitoring drinking water and sanitation (6.2.1)

The Integrated Monitoring Guide provides a basis for national governments to monitor progress towards the new Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation (SDG 6). The Guide includes step-by-step methodologies outlining how countries can monitor each of the SDG 6 global indicators.

The methodologies have been designed to allow countries to monitoring SDG 6 at a level in line with their capacity and resource availability, and they promote harmonization and the use of international standards.

The guidance note for global indicators 6.1.1 and 6.2.1 explains how to monitor the “proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services” and the “proportion of population using safely managed sanitation services, including a handwashing facility with soap and water”.

WHO and UNICEF are the custodian agencies of indicators 6.1.1 and 6.2.1, see their reports here.

Learn more about water and sanitation monitoring, including indicators 6.1.1 and 6.2.1, here.


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