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World Bank: Funding a Water-Secure Future

According to the report, annual spending on water is $164.6 billion in developing countries, which amounts to roughly 0.5 per cent of their GDP. Countries need to increase their spending on water supply and sanitation by US$131.4 to US$140.8 billion annually - almost tripling current expenditure levels. This global average, however, masks significant heterogeneity across different regions and country groups. Overall, the study presents an integrated assessment of global and regional public spending in the water sector and...
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WHO/UNICEF: new report on menstrual health and hygiene in schools

A new global report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reveals major gaps...
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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, 17 June

Desertification, land degradation, and drought are among the most pressing environmental challenges of our time, with up to 40...

Dushanbe Water Process: Third Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference

The Dushanbe Water Process is an important initiative of the Government of Tajikistan to support the implementation of internationally...

Sustainable Development Goal 6

Billions of people are still living without safely managed water and sanitation. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 is to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. Achieving SDG 6 is integral to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to end extreme poverty and protect the planet.

Communications should be a two-way exchange. ‘Questions people ask’ is a new feature where we answer some of the questions we get asked about important issues, such as, climate changewater scarcity, toilet equity and wastewater. Through responding to queries from our audiences, we aim to explain key issues in a clear and engaging way that fosters ongoing conversations.

The UN-Water SDG 6 Data Portal brings all the United Nations’ water and sanitation information into one place. Designed for decision-makers, advisors, technical professionals, researchers and students, there are tools to help visualize and analyse the information, creating a clear picture of how the world is progressing towards the various SDG 6 targets.

Monitoring progress towards SDG 6 helps policy- and decision makers identify challenges and opportunities, set priorities, communicate progress, and generate support and investment. SDG 6 Progress Reports are primarily based on national official data sources, compiled and validated by United Nations custodian agencies.

The first-ever UN System-wide Strategy for Water and Sanitation unites UN support to countries to accelerate progress on water-related goals and targets, including SDG 6. Action on water and sanitation is key to solving many global challenges. The strategy’s vision is a world with accessible, available and sustainably managed water and sanitation for all people and the planet.

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SDG 6 special event 2024

What We Do

UN-Water identifies emerging issues and develops collaborative contributions to global policy frameworks on disasters, climate change, sustainable development and other issues.

UN-Water is a monitoring hub, providing coherent and reliable data and information on key water trends and management issues throughout the water cycle.

UN-Water coordinates global thematic campaigns for World Water Day and World Toilet Day every year and creates engaging communications on key water related issues.