Increased Ambition, Investment And Action Required In Pursuit Of SDG 6 Goal

22 Sep 2019 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and 23 co-signing entities have called for “wise and resilient water management [that] offers a pathway for integrated and transformative action that leverages synergies across the global agendas.”

An open letter from multilateral institutions and NGOs, in advance of the United Nations Climate Action Summit (New York, September 21 to September 23, 2019), reiterates the lack of global progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 and cites UN-Water’s SDG6 Synthesis Report (2018). “785 million people do not have access even to a basic drinking water service and 3 billion people lack basic hand washing facilities at home. Furthermore, 700 million people practice open defecation. Some 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress. By 2030, 700 million people could be displaced because of intense water scarcity.”

The letter acknowledges “the momentum created by the UN Climate Summit and by ambitious efforts launched by leaders of public, private and civil society institutions united in the Global Commission on Adaptation, which has prioritized accelerated climate change adaptation action on water."

Nevertheless, the group urges increased ambition, investment and action in pursuit of the SDG and NDC targets and requests stakeholders to:

• Pledge commitment to 2030 Agenda and its specific water commitments, recognizing the key role of public, private, and civil society actors working in concert, as we are doing through this multi-stakeholder alliance and platform for action;

• Urge accelerated action on key SDG water targets, which this alliance is prepared to lead and to deliver in partnership with member countries and relevant agencies and platforms such as UN-Water, Water Action Decade, the NDC Partnership, UNESCO’s IHP, the Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate (MAWAC), etc;

• Pledge increased ambition and urgency in action by this alliance, commensurate with the im- mediacy of our climate change challenge and the need to build the resilience of natural and human systems in order to thrive;

• Pledge commitment to partnership and investment to accelerate progress through the Water Action Track of the Global Commission on Adaptation and other immediate opportunities;

• Request that the UN, Member States, and partners welcome, enable and accelerate investment and action commensurate with these shared aims, particularly noting the need for international financial institutions to prioritize and deploy funding to upscale successful programs and to leverage partner contributions.