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Achieving SDG 6 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a rapidly changing environment

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), UNESCO, Perugia, Italy

Climate change, land use change, urbanisation, demographic development and migration, conflicts and peace, food demand and change of diets, industry 4.0, globalisation etc. are among the challenges that integrated sciences as well as development programmes need to address to serve societal needs. Business as usual in policymaking and project developments is no option. However, exciting developments have been taking place as the global community agreed on the ambitious Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, which aims to be comprehensive and include the participation of all stakeholders in one integrated framework. Water – in all its facets including water supply, sanitation, wastewater, water quality, IWRM, ecosystem requirements etc. – plays a central role in the Agenda 2030, as it is not only central in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, but it is fundamental for the realization of other SDGs related to, for instance, poverty reduction, sustainable growth, health, food security, education, gender equality, climate change, ecosystems (land and sea), etc.

An integrated analysis and synthesis of data, information and related policy linkages will be presented for the Water Goal (SDG 6) in light of achieving the whole 2030 Agenda. The presentation will summarise ‘the big picture’ on progress made in achieving SDG 6 with some links to the R&D Agenda of Wageningen University, and policy perspectives of how to accelerate achieving this fundamental goal in a rapidly changing environment will be discussed. The presentation will drawn upon the currently produced the UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report1) that will inform the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in its in-depth examination of SDG 6 in July 2018 about the state of affairs re SDG 6, the interlinkages to other SDGs and related policy perspectives.

1) The Synthesis Report is currently prepared by a UN-Water Task Force including CEO Water Mandate, FAO, ILO, UNDP, UNECE, UN-Environment, UNESCO WWAP (coordinator), UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, UN-Water TAU, UNU, WHO, WMO and World Bank. MANY colleagues have contributed to the results presented.

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