UN-Water has announced the launch of a SDG 6 Global Action Framework designed to mobilise action across governments, civil society, private sector and the United Nations system. The objective of the framework is to align efforts, optimise financing and drive transformational change in capacity and governance.
Through five accelerators - Data and Information, Capacity Development, Innovation, Governance, and Finance, the framework is expected to deliver fast results that will contribute to progress across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda includes targets for poverty reduction, food security, health, gender equality, peace, and sustainability and climate resilience of communities, ecosystems and production systems.
Introducing the Framework initiative in advance of a formal launch Gilbert Huongbo, Chair of UN-Water, cited effects of coronavirus across the world and the need to build resilience for the future. In his introduction to the programme, he mentions the world’s particular vulnerability to the following threats:
- Global demand for water is rising precipitously, while many water sources are becoming more polluted.
- Agriculture is getting thirstier, as is industry, manufacturing and energy generation.
- Climate change is making water scarcer and more unpredictable, wreaking havoc and displacing millions of people.
Huongbo indicates that without strong water and sanitation systems and the integrated management of water resources there can be no progress on health, education, food, energy, climate change and peace.
He also maintains that it is time to “build back better” and a shift in priorities will yield the ability to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Hosted by UN-Water, the Sustainable Development Goal 6 Global Acceleration Framework launch will be a high-level and multi-stakeholder moment to generate commitments for ambitious solutions on water and sanitation in support of the Decade of Action to deliver SDGs by 2030, to be held 9 July.