SDG 6 Background Note - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


SDG 6 Background Note

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/RFSD/2023/INF.6

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Information material

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: Climate change, 2030 Agenda, Natural resource sustainability, Governance & enabling environment

Initiatives: Water Resources Management Tools, Climate Resilience through Regional Cooperation, Monitoring Sustainable Development Goal Data, Arab Forum for Sustainable Development

SDGs: Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Keywords: Water, Sanitation, Arab countries, Covid-19, Climate change, Sustainable development, Regional cooperation

SDG 6 Background Note

March 2023

To achieve SDG 6 and realize its promise of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, Arab countries must adopt proactive policy approaches and strengthen regional cooperation. The Arab Sustainable Development Report 2020 identified a series of recommendations to accelerate the achievement of SDG 6, which remain pertinent today. They can guide the region’s efforts to build back better from COVID-19, and bolster resilience against future shocks.

In preparation for the midterm comprehensive review of the Water Action Decade, which will take place at the United Nations 2023 Water Conference, Arab countries have reviewed regional progress and consolidated priorities, including integrated water resources management, access to water and sanitation (especially in crises), water-use efficiency, transboundary water cooperation, climate action, and connecting water across sectors. Accelerators for the achievements of the Decade’s goals are also of crucial importance for the region, including water financing, innovation, knowledge promotion, networking and capacity-building.

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