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28 Aug 2018 description

Report Highlights

Methodology development and testing

The monitoring methodology for indicator 6.3.1 was developed and tested in consultation with wastewater experts, national sector experts and statistical authorities, and harmonized with the International Recommendations for Water Statistics (UN DESA, 2012) and established regional monitoring mechanisms.

Preliminary data

28 Aug 2018 description

Executive Summary

Decisions about how to allocate and use water are fundamental to sustainable development. Such measures underlie all essential aspects of the human endeavour: human health and well-being, agriculture, business, and the quality of life in rural and urban areas. At the same time, water scarcity is becoming more commonplace. Pollution is increasing. Natural ecosystems are under growing pressure. Thus, the matter of determining how to allocate and use water in an efficient, sustainable and equitable manner is foundational.

28 Aug 2018 description

Key Messages

Transboundary water cooperation is critical for ensuring sustainable management of water resources and achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Across the world, 153 countries share rivers, lakes and aquifers. Transboundary basins cover more than half of the Earth’s land surface, account for an estimated 60 per cent of global freshwater flow and are home to more than 40 per cent of the world’s population.

30 Jul 2018 description
report UN Water

A. Sustainable Development Goal 6

All 193 Member States of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously agreed to Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) in September 2015. The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action for people, the planet and prosperity. Member States resolved to “end poverty in all its forms”, to take bold and transformative steps to “shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path” and to ensure that “no one will be left behind”.

14 Jun 2018 description
report UN Water

This is the first External Review of UN-Water since 2009. The Review received feedback from over 49 Members and Partners, all experts active in the field of water. In the intervening period UN-Water has made significant progress, improving the effectiveness of the mechanism as ‘one voice’ for the United Nations (UN) on water issues, and being an influencer in global processes. The feedback from the respondents to the questionnaires is that UN-Water plays an important and unique role within the water sector.

19 Mar 2018 description
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Informe completo
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Resumen ejecutivo

Resumen ejecutivo

Las soluciones basadas en la naturaleza (SbN) están inspiradas y respaldadas por la naturaleza y utilizan o imitan los procesos naturales para contribuir a la gestión mejorada del agua. Una solución basada en la naturaleza puede implicar la conservación o rehabilitación de los ecosistemas naturales y/o la mejora o creación de procesos naturales en ecosistemas modificados o artificiales. Se pueden aplicar a microescala (por ejemplo, un inodoro seco) o a macroescala (por ejemplo, el paisaje).

19 Mar 2018 description

Rapport mondial des Nations Unies sur la mise en valeur des ressources en eau (WWDR 2018)

19 Mar 2018 description
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Executive Summary
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الملخص التنفيذي - Arabic version
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执行摘要
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Рабочее резюме - Russian version

The 2018 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR 2018) seeks to inform policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community, about the potential of nature-based solutions (NBS) to address contemporary water management challenges across all sectors, and particularly regarding water for agriculture, sustainable cities, disaster risk reduction and water quality.

13 Apr 2017 description

Radical increase in water and sanitation investment required to meet development targets

13 April 2017 | GENEVA — Countries are not increasing spending fast enough to meet the water and sanitation targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says a new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water – the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater-related issues, including sanitation.

22 Mar 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Most human activities that use water produce wastewater. As the overall demand for water grows, the quantity of wastewater produced and its overall pollution load are continuously increasing worldwide.

In all but the most highly developed countries, the vast majority of wastewater is released directly to the environment without adequate treatment, with detrimental impacts on human health, economic productivity, the quality of ambient freshwater resources, and ecosystems.

30 Aug 2016 description
report UN Water

This UN-Water Analytical Brief analyses the central role of water and sanitation to describe the links and interdependencies between the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation and those of other Goals. It aims to stimulate United Nations Member States’ consideration of the water-related linkages within the Goals to facilitate an integrated approach to implementation.

02 Aug 2016 description
report UN Water

The year 2015 was truly pivotal for international diplomacy: the beginning of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (hereinafter referred to as the 2030 Agenda) and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) era. It was also a year in which several ground-breaking international agreements were reached after years of negotiations.

20 Mar 2015 description
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Facing the challenges Facing the challenges Case studies and indicators

The 2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), titled Water for a Sustainable World, demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability.

02 Feb 2015 description
report UN Water

As the timeframe for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) nears completion, minds are turning to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This is accompanied by the realization that the focus on drinking-water and sanitation without due attention being paid to the end products of water and sanitation provision (i.e. wastewater) may have exacerbated some of the water quality problems seen globally.