United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres joined UN-Water Chair, Gilbert Huongbo 9 July in the launch of the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) Global Acceleration Framework. SDG 6, one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, calls for clean water and sanitation for all people.
A virtual event attracted various UN entities, Member State representatives and stakeholders from civil society and the private sector. The Global Acceleration Framework is a new initiative to engage all sectors to speed the behind-schedule process to deliver the SDG 6 by 2030. The Framework is the UN’s integrated response to improve the progress on SDG 6 that supports almost all of the other 16 SDGs, and most particularly those on health and disease prevention, education, food, gender equality, energy and climate change.
Speaking at the launch, Guterres said, “The water and sanitation crisis demands a holistic, systemic and multilateral response. Water is required to deliver almost all other SDGs, from global health to food security, and it is essential for resilience to climate change".
The SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework aims to deliver fast results at an increased scale deploying five accelerators:
- Optimised financing
- Improved data and information
- Capacity development in people and institutions to improve and expand services.
The Framework has been introduced in advance of the New York gathering in 2023 of the international community for a United Nations conference that is the mid-term review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028.
Notably, this will be the first United Nations conference on water and sanitation since the 1970s.