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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is the global environmental steward that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the UN system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.  Enshrined in UNEP’s global Medium Term Strategy 2022-2025, which tackles the triple planetary crisis of pollution, biodiversity loss and climte change to help Member States achieve the 2030 Agenda, UNEP is the global custodian for the following three SDG indicators and helps Member States meet these challenges: tackling global water quality challenges, corresponding to SDG indicator 6.3.2; protecting and restoring freshwater ecosystems, SDG 6.6.1; and advancing integrated water resources management (IWRM) approaches, SDG 6.5.1.  In support of countries, UNEP operates globally and regionally at the interface of the environment, water and development.

Estimated budget for water and sanitation activities (USD):
100 million-500 million

Current work on the Sustainable Development Goals

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