World Is Not On Track To Meet SDG 6: UN-Water

7 Jul 2018 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

The world is not on track to reach United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on Water and Sanitation by the deadline set for 2030, according to a new report from UN-Water, the United Nations entity tasked with coordinating 30 UN organizations’ activities relating to water and sanitation.

Billions of people still lack safe water, sanitation and handwashing facilities, said the report, "SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation".

"Ecosystems and water sources are becoming more polluted, and funding for water and sanitation services is inadequate…In addition, governance and delivery systems are weak and fragmented”.

The report identifies that water and energy are closely associated, and notes that a 48 percent increase in global energy consumption is expected by 2040 (above 2012 levels), it says.

"Water, sanitation and hygiene services, agriculture and industry all need energy for pumping water, treating wastewater, irrigating crops and desalination," says the report.

“Energy demands in the water sector are increasing as more farmers exploit groundwater for irrigation, and substantial increases in water treatment are expected in order to meet SDG 6 targets”.

Representing a joint position from UN agencies, the report offers guidance to understanding global progress on SDG 6 and its interdependencies with other goals and targets.

In view of the UN’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) that will start July 9 in New York, the report provides insight into how countries can plan and act to ensure that no one is left behind when implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The establishment of HLPF was mandated in 2012 by the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), "The Future We Want". This year’s forum will meet from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018 with the ministerial meeting convening from July 16 to July 18. SDG 6 on water and sanitation is one of the SDGs scheduled for particular scrutiny in 2018.