Opportunities to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) on clean water and sanitation, and the role of water and sanitation in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, were at the top of the agenda of the open session of the annual UN-Water Meeting which took place virtually on 29 September.
UN-Water is the UN inter-agency coordination mechanism for freshwater related issues, including sanitation.
Another area of discussion was the UN-Water “offer”, which identifies ways that UN-Water members and partners can help support UN country teams through the UN resident coordinator system. Eight country teams have taken up the offer to date and they will be part of a pilot phase.
During a closed meeting for UN-Water members on 30 September 2020, UN-Water welcomed the International Telecommunication Union as a new member and it was agreed that the 34th UN-Water meeting would convene virtually from 16-17 March 2021.
Participants were also updated on preparations for upcoming high-level events at the UN on water and sanitation issues. The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will organise one of the two high-level events by June 2021, so that it may contribute to the July 2021 session of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The year 2023 marks the midpoint of the Water Action Decade (2018-2028), and a UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, "Water for Sustainable Development", will convene from 22-24 March 2023.