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Historic UN 2023 Water Conference generates transformative commitments

Around 10,000 participants gathered at UN Headquarters and online for three days of discussions to urgently scale up action to address the water and sanitation crisis and ensure equitable access to water and sanitation for all. The event was co-hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Republic of Tajikistan, with the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) as Secretariat. The Conference brought together world leaders, civil society, business leaders, young people, scientists, academics...
2023 Data Drive

2023 Data Drive

What is the 2023 Data Drive and why is it happening? Since the adoption of the SDGs in 2015...
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Open Call for Innovation Challenges on Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment

World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Water...
UN World Water Development Report 2023

UN World Water Development Report 2023: Partnerships and cooperation for water

Safeguarding water, food and energy security through sustainable water management, providing water supply and sanitation services to all, supporting...

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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