UN-Water Members, Partners, and observers considered how to accelerate progress toward water and sanitation for all by 2030 when ambitions appear off-track.
The 34th UN-Water Meeting brought together representatives from UN-Water Members and Partners to advance progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 (clean water and sanitation).
During the open session, UN-Water Members, Partners with Special Status, Partners, and Observers discussed and coordinated opportunities for their respective organizations. Agenda items included:
- Advancing SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework, including the country level engagement pilot;
- UN Conference on Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028;
- Planning for World Water Day 2021 (22 March) on Valuing Water and the UN World Water Development Report 2021;
- Planning for World Water Day 2022 and World Toilet Day 2022 and the 2022 Groundwater Summit; and
- An Update on Food System Summit Global Dialogue on Water.
The SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework was launched during the July 2020 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. It seeks to support accelerated country progress in five areas related to SDG 6: financing, data and information, capacity development, innovation, and governance.
The open session of the 34th UN-Water Meeting took place online from 15-16 March 2021. On Wednesday, 17 March 2021, representatives from UN-Water Members and Partners with Special Status convened for a closed session focused on UN-Water procedural matters.
UN-Water plays a coordinating role within the UN, to ensure that the UN family “delivers as one” in response to water-related challenges. The overarching focus of UN-Water’s Members and Partners is to support UN Member States to sustainably manage water and sanitation.