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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
L’eau, source de croissance et d’emplois, d’après un nouveau rapport des Nations Unies
Water drives job creation and economic growth, says new UN report
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.
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.