Coordinating the UN's work on water and sanitation

Monitor and Report

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.
SDG 6 Integrated Monitoring

SDG 6 Integrated Monitoring

Coordinating United Nations data collection and management

To  meet the needs of the 2030 Agenda, existing efforts on monitoring and reporting have to be further refined and integrated into a harmonized monitoring framework to report on SDG 6. Therefore, UN-Water has designed an integrated framework to support countries building on the experience and lessons learned during the MDG period.

All the custodian agencies of the SDG 6 global indicators come together under the UN-Water integrated monitoring framework for SDG 6, comprising WHO/UNICEF JMP, GEMI and UN-Water GLAAS. The joint effort around SDG 6 is especially important in regard to the institutional aspects of monitoring, including the integration of data collection and analysis across sectors, regions and administrative levels.

Providing support to countries in their monitoring efforts is key when moving towards sustainably managing the whole water cycle in an equitable manner.

Providing support to countries in their monitoring efforts is key when moving towards sustainably managing the whole water cycle in an equitable manner.

Engaging countries and enhancing their capacity

The shift from the MDGs to the SDGs is a game-changer for water and sanitation, where countries need to move from providing access to improved sources of drinking water and basic sanitation, to sustainably manage the whole water cycle in an equitable manner.

The Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 has a strong focus on supporting countries in their monitoring efforts. To this end, the work on developing monitoring methodologies for the SDG 6 global indicators was initiated in 2014, and in early 2016, draft methodologies were ready for in-country pilot testing.

Reporting on Global Progress

SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation

UN-Water will produce a synthesis report on SDG 6, communicating to policymakers about the status of and progress towards water- and sanitation-related goals and targets. Building on the baseline data on SDG 6 global indicators, the Synthesis Report will be launched in May 2018 as the consolidated input from the whole UN family to the HLPF and its in-depth review of SDG 6 on the theme “Transformation toward sustainable and resilient societies”.

World Water Development Report

As part of UN-Water’s reporting effort, the World Water Development Report – published by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water – is the reference publication of the United Nations family. The report, released on an annual basis in line with theme of World Water Day, is the result of strong collaboration among UN-Water Members and Partners, and represents the coherent and integrated response of the United Nations family to freshwater-related issues and emerging challenges. The three latest editions have focused on the topics of ‘Water and Sustainable Development’ (2015), ‘Water and Jobs’ (2016) and ‘Wastewater’ (2017).

UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-water (GLAAS)

The Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is a UN-Water initiative implemented by WHO. The objective of GLAAS is to provide policy- and decision-makers at all levels with a reliable, easily accessible, comprehensive and global analysis of the investments and enabling environment to make informed decisions for sanitation, drinking-water and hygiene.

Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation

At the end of the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation decade (1981-1990), WHO and UNICEF established a Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP). The overall aim of the JMP is to report globally on the status of water supply and sanitation sector, and to support countries in improving their monitoring performance to enable better planning and management at the country level.  The JMP is currently producing baseline estimates for the Sustainable Development Goals related to WASH (targets 6.1 and 6.2).
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