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Towards a High-level Dialogue on the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) - Technical Preparatory Meeting

WASAG, a partnership hosted by FAO, was officially launched at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. This technical event will prepare for the High-Level Dialogue on WASAG which, together with the Rome Water Dialogue, will take place during the World Food Forum (WFF) in October 2024. Both events aim to consolidate and scale-up the WASAG partnership onto a higher level of visibility...
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Developing inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure

Around 2 billion people currently lack safely managed WASH services, with conflicts, climate change and inequality exacerbating the issue...
Female farmer in a the field, Madagascar

FAO report: Economic assessment of drought risk management

The report explores the economic impacts of taking proactive measures on drought risk management. It clarifies how to properly...
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11th World Water Forum

The decision was made during the 86th meeting of the Board of Governors of the World Water Council, in...

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 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.

Your actions, however small, will help solve the global water and sanitation crisis. The symbol of the ‘Be the change’ campaign is the hummingbird who, in the ancient tale, puts out a fire with single water droplets carried in her beak. She does what she can. Be like the hummingbird. Choose from a list of #WaterActions and help accelerate change.

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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.