UN 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. UNEP is custodian of three SDG 6 indicators on water quality, IWRM and freshwater ecosystems. Four priorities form the core of UNEP’s Freshwater work. These are based on UNEP’s mandate in the 2030 Agenda: tackling global water quality challenges, corresponding to SDG indicator 6.3.2; protecting and restoring freshwater ecosystems, SDG 6.6.1; advancing integrated water resources management (IWRM) approaches, SDG 6.5.1; and addressing water-related conflicts and disasters in support of peaceful and resilient societies. In support of countries, UNEP operates globally and regionally at the interface of the environment, water and development.

Estimated annual water and sanitation budget: $100 million-500 million USD
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