Coordinating the UN's work on water and sanitation

Closing in on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

As the final round of negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda continue this week, the water community can be encouraged by progress to date, while mindful of the hard work still to come. 

The momentum leading into this week’s final round of negotiations has been promising. Earlier this month, for example, Member States at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) agreed on an Addis Ababa Action Agenda which urges commitments to spending targets for water and sanitation, among other sectors. The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) adopted a declaration of commitment to establish a “strong, universal, ambitious, inclusive and people-centred” post-2015 development agenda that completed the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals and responded to new challenges.

As the final round of inter-governmental negotiations begins this week, UN-Water remains confident that inputs from last month’s final outcome document, which captures the essence of the entire water cycle, are a step in a positive direction towards the adoption by Member States of a dedicated water and sanitation goal, Goal 6, as part of the post-2015 development framework. Selecting appropriate indicators, for which UN-Water is making recommendations, to measure progress on Goal 6 will be the next major step in this process.