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

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2023: Partnerships and cooperation for water, launched today, directly informs the UN 2023 Water Conference discussions (22-24 March), describing how building partnerships and enhancing cooperation across all dimensions of sustainable development are essential to accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal for water and sanitation (SDG 6) and realizing the human rights to water and sanitation.

UN World Water Development Report 2023

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 rates, progress towards all the targets of SDG 6 is off-track and in some areas the rate of implementation needs to quadruple, or more.

The report explores the theme of partnerships and cooperation for water, across regions, in relation to agriculture, environment, human settlements, industry, health and climate change. 

In support of the five ‘accelerators’ of the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework , the report also makes recommendations to policy-makers for how to speed- and scale-up change through capacity development, data and information, innovation, financing, and governance.

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