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Water and sanitation events during HLPF

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will be held 9-18 July 2018. During this time, many water and sanitation events will be held.

Events known to date

(list non-exhaustive and may be updated)

Monday 9 July

  • Global Progress on Water and Sanitation
    • Organizer: UN-Water
    • Date and Time:  Monday 9 July 2018; 18:30 – 20:00
    • Venue: Conference Room 7 in the UN Conference Building 
    • Short description: UN-Water has recently published the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation to provide input to the HLPF in its in-depth review of SDG 6. The report represents a joint position from the UN family on the global status on SDG 6 and other water-related targets. The presentation will give participants the opportunity to discuss the findings in the light of the HLPF theme for 2018 “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”, take stock, discuss the challenges faced and opportunities ahead, as well as the lessons learned by countries and other stakeholders for the successful implementation of SDG 6


  • ‘The Water Effect’ Exhibition and Launch Reception [INVITATION ONLY]
    • Organizers: WaterAid/ / H&M Foundation / Permanent Mission of Sweden
    • Date and time: Monday 9 July 18:00-19:30
    • Venue: 1B Neck area (near Vienna Café), UN Conference Building
    • Short description: WaterAid, and H&M Foundation are hosting a reception to launch an exhibition entitled ‘The Water Effect’, which will be up at UN Headquarters throughout the duration of the HLPF. The exhibition demonstrates how providing safe water and sanitation is critical to achieving most other SDGs; and intends to raise awareness of the global water crisis and demonstrate how affordable access to WASH can transform lives and create stronger communities. The photos will tell a joint photo story of hope, opportunity, lives and livelihoods transformed around SDG 6. Following brief opening remarks from the co-conveners, the reception attendees will be encouraged to engage with the exhibition and informally network with each other. 

Tuesday 10 July

  • Reducing inequalities through urgent action on WASH
    • Organizers: WaterAid, WSSCC, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Permanent Missions of Bolivia, Nepal, Mozambique
    • Date and time: Tuesday 10 July 13:15-14:45
    • Venue: TBC
    • Short description: Bringing together Member States (both implementing and donor, ‘developed’ and ‘developing’) with leaders in WASH action, this event will frame positive examples of rights-based implementation of WASH and highlight its role as an enabler for the 2030 Agenda as a whole. Through sharing case studies and learning from implementation experiences from Member States (particularly where outcomes contribute to improved outcomes for women and girls and other marginalised groups), this event offers a key moment to identify key overlaps between equitable and affordable access to WASH and making progress on some of the most intractable goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. 


  • Why robust multi-stakeholder national accountability mechanisms are essential for achieving SDG6
    • Organizers: WSSCC, SWA, UNDP, FANSA, FANMEX, ANEW, EWP, Coalition Eau, Watershed Consortium,  The Governments of Kenya, Nigeria, Togo, Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission to the UN
    • Date and time: Tuesday 10 July 16:00-17:30 (followed by a cocktail)
    • Venue: TBC


  • Driving gains in health and nutrition through safe and sustainable WASH services
    • Organizers: France, Mali, Zambia; Action Against Hunger, Save the Children UK, WaterAid; Global Taskforce on Cholera Control; UNICEF; World Bank; Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN); Sanitation and Water for All (SWA); French Water Partnership
    • Date and time: Tuesday 10 July 18:30-20:00
    • Venue: Conference Room 12, UN Conference Building
    • Short description: Achieving the transformational shift set out by the SDGs towards sustainable and resilient societies requires fundamental changes in how different sectors coordinate, align and harmonize efforts towards the shared vision of the 2030 Agenda. In particular SDG 6 on water, sanitation and hygiene for all underpins progress towards multiple SDGs, particularly SDG2 on ending malnutrition and SDG3 on health for all. Improvements in WASH have multiple and wide-ranging health benefits, whether reducing the risk of diarrhoeal diseases such as cholera, improving nutrition status, or enhancing the delivery of quality health care in facilities, particularly with regards to maternal and newborn health. This event will bring together Member States and partners working across WASH, health and nutrition sectors to share lessons and discuss challenges, creating a peer-learning experience and fostering greater multi-sectoral coordination and collaboration. 


Wednesday 11 July

  • Pushing menstrual health on the 2030 Agenda
    • Organizers: MH Alliance, Simavi, WSSCC, Global Citizen, WASH United, at the Hilton Millenium One UN
    • Date and time: Wednesday 11 July 10:00-11:30
    • Venue: TBC


Thursday 12 July

  • Are women meaningfully involved in implementing SDG 6+ in the national plans?
    • Organizers: Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN, Women for Water Partnership and contributors: International Federation of Business and Professional Women, Soroptimist International, NGO coordination CSW/ NY, Un Women, “Watershed”/Simavi
    • Date and time: Thursday 12 July 13:15 – 14:30
    • Venue: UN Headquarters Conference Room 8
    • Short description: Agenda 2030 and the SDGs give unique guidance both on women’s empowerment (SDG5) and the importance of “ water”(SDG6) and the connection between the two. WfWP and partners analyzed the voluntary national reports (2016-2018) on the combination of the two: did countries address the joined implementation of SDG5 and 6? Or are actions lagging behind their rhetoric? The session aims to attract attention to the combined agenda and deliberate on the ways forward


  • Sanitation for Education and Health – An integrated approach to human development
    • Organizers: WSSCC with Education Can’t Wait, Global Citizen, State of Qatar Permanent Mission on Kenya
    • Date and time: Thursday 12 July 13:15-14:30
    • Venue: Conference Room 9 in the UN Conference building


  • A rights-based approach to menstrual hygiene management
    • Organizers: WaterAid, International Women’s Health Coalition, European Union (TBC)
    • Date and time: Thursday 12 July 3-5PM
    • Venue: TBC
    • Short description: This event will examine the leadership of the SDG6 sector on menstrual health and hygiene to highlight multi-sectoral opportunities to protect the basic rights of women’s and girls’ to safety, adequate housing, sufficient food, education and more, by focusing initially on menstruation. It will examine the interlinkages between menstrual hygiene management, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights to drive action towards equitable achievement of these goals and targets. It will also focus on the practical and policy implications of increased multi-sectoral attention to the needs and rights of women and girls during menstruation, and identify recommended shifts so that leadership of the issue is better shared across sectors, thereby enabling the water and sanitation and health sectors to concretely contribute to gender equality. And finally, this event will provide guidance on how to improve integration of water, sanitation, hygiene, health and gender equality sectors as fundamental to enable the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Events to be confirmed

  • UNICEF: Will focus on Early Childhood development and other events.
  • CEO Water Mandate: Side event on water stewardship.
  • WWF: Possible side event with CEO Water Mandate.
  • UN Environment: Exhibition and side event with FAO, UN Forum on Forest and Google.
  • OHCHR: Side event on SDG 6 and SDG 11
  • WBCSD:  Launch of WASH Pledge impact report during HLPF.
  • IISD: Will be present with the Earth Negotiation Bulletin team – Knowledge hub will be active.