Since the adoption of the SDGs, there has been at least one round of global data compilation for each of the 11 indicators under SDG 6. For six of the indicators, there are sufficient country data to produce global baselines, but for five of them we don’t yet have enough. In fact, the average country in the world is reporting on only about half of the indicators. This represents an important knowledge gap. What we don’t measure we cannot manage.
On this subject, the message from our country focal points is loud and clear: the data gaps result from too little technical capacity and too few human and financial resources. Examples include lack of monitoring infrastructure, lack of data management systems, low staff numbers and low expertise. It is essential to further increase national-level capacity for SDG 6 monitoring.
To close this data gap and to advance trend analysis of existing data, in March 2020, IMI-SDG6 launched the second round of global data compilation on the following seven SDG 6 indicators:
- 6.3.1 “Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flow safely treated”
- 6.3.2 “Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality”
- 6.4.1 “Change in water use efficiency over time”
- 6.4.2 “Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources”
- 6.5.1 “Degree of integrated water resources management implementation”
- 6.5.2 “Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation”
- 6.6.1 “Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time”
The custodian agencies for these indicators are contacting the relevant country focal points with requests for data. This is the 2020 Data Drive.
This is an extract of an article published on 30 April in the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) SDG Knowledge Hub. The article is written by Joakim Harlin, Chief Freshwater Unit, Chief Manager of the UNEP-DHI Partnership Centre, UNEP; Graham Alabaster, Chief of Sanitation and Waste Management, UN-Habitat; Tom Slaymaker, Senior Statistics and Monitoring Specialist (WASH), UNICEF; Marlos De Souza, Secretary of the Water Platform, FAO; Sonja Koeppel, Secretary of the Water Convention and Co-Secretary of the Protocol on Water and Health, UNECE; Youssef Filali Meknassi, Director, Division of Water Sciences, Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO; Bruce Gordon, Coordinator of WASH, WHO; and Tommaso Abrate, Scientific Officer, WMO.