We face complex challenges in ensuring everyone has access to sustainably-managed water and sanitation services. To meet this aim, UN-Water informs policy processes by identifying emerging issues and developing effective, collaborative responses. Landmark agreements in recent years on disaster risk reduction, financing, climate change, and the overarching 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have created a global framework that is intrinsically connected and mutually reinforcing.
One of UN-Water’s key objectives is to provide coherent and reliable data and information on key water trends and management issues. During past decades, several initiatives, mechanisms and programmes, both within and outside the United Nations family, have been collecting information on the various components of the water cycle.