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Call for nominations for the 2023 IWA Water and Development Awards

IWA is the International Water Association, a nonprofit organization and knowledge hub for the water sector, connecting water professionals and companies to find solutions to the world's water challenges. Nominations are encouraged for outstanding research or practical initiatives that have resulted in measurable impact in the field of water and sanitation within low- and middle-income countries. The awards are open to both individuals and organizations involved in the sector, regardless of their IWA membership status. Eligible candidates can...
Street view after Flooding in Marikina, Philippines

Symposium to Commemorate the UN 2023 Water Conference

The UN 2023 Water Conference was held from 22 and 24 March 2023 in New York. The primary aim...
FAO launches the Global Dialogue on Water Tenure for Food Security, Climate Adaptation and Social Inclusion

FAO launches the Global Dialogue on Water Tenure for Food Security, Climate Adaptation and Social Inclusion

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched the Global Dialogue on Water Tenure during a...
UN 2023 Water Conference

Virtual issue of Natural Resources Forum focusing on water

The Natural Resources Forum, is a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal, that seeks to address gaps in current knowledge...

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.

Coordinated by UN-Water, the Data Drive involves countries collecting and reporting data on SDG 6 indicators. The 2023 Data Drive focuses on seven SDG 6 indicators: total and industrial wastewater treatment; ambient water quality; water use efficiency; water stress; integrated water resources management; transboundary cooperation; and, ecosystems.

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.

What can you do to help solve the water and sanitation crisis? In 2023, the UN is uniting the world around accelerating progress towards SDG 6. UN-Water is coordinating a global campaign asking people and organizations to ‘Be the change’ they want to see in the world. Choose from a list of #WaterActions and play your part.

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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.