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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 human health and livelihoods, mitigating the impacts of climate change and extreme events, and sustaining and restoring ecosystems and the valuable services they provide, are all pieces of a puzzle that can only be solved by cross-sectorial partnerships and cooperation. SDG 6 is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. At current...
SDG Media Zone

SDG Media Zone at the UN 2023 Water Conference

Since 2016, the SDG Media Zone has been one of the main features of major events at the United...
Sanitation worker

Initiative for Sanitation Workers - protecting providers of a fundamental public service

Sanitation workers are involved in several steps of the faecal waste management chain, including emptying of pits and septic...

Come visit the ‘SDG 6 Diagnostic Centre’ at the UN 2023 Water Conference

On 24 March between 8am and 5pm, IMI-SDG6 welcomes conference participants to the ‘SDG 6 Diagnostic Centre’, to learn...

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.

Everyone can do their part to reverse the degradation of water sources. Every human on earth — even the most indifferent, laziest person among us — can be part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference. Read more about the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving Water.

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 United Nations conference on water since 1977 will be held at the United Nations HQ from 22-24 March 2023. This will be a watershed moment for the sustainable development community as a whole. The UN 2023 Water Conference is about uniting the world in accelerating action towards achieving SDG 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Spotlight on

World Water Day 2023





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.