Evaluation Synthesis of United Nations System and Development Bank Work Towards SDG 6

Travis Yates
Anna Murray
Publication Year:
October 05, 2021
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a global partnership to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity. Among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Available and sustainable water and sanitation is essential for leading healthy and dignified lives, and is intrinsically linked to health, poverty reduction, education and environmental sustainability objectives.

SDG 6 greatly increased the ambition for global water and sanitation coverage beyond what was established under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and included the sustainable management of water, waste water and water ecosystems, as well as acknowledging the importance of cooperation, local capacity-building and partnerships. In total, SDG 6 includes eight specific targets around these themes.

At current rates of progress, SDG 6 targets will not be achieved by 2030, and SDG 6 has the greatest capacity gap of all 17 SDGs.Meeting the SDG 6 targets is critical for the overall success of the SDGs. SDG 6 is one of the most central goals – indicating that it is a necessary foundation to many of the other goals and operates at the nexus of the environment, society and the economy. Five years into the 2030 Agenda and with increased attention on SDG 6 status, there is an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved to date, identify facilitating factors and existing challenges, and inform a path forward on what remains to be done.

The overall objective of this work is to assess the current evaluative situation, synthesize key findings from these evaluations for learning, develop recommendations for future programming and support future planning of evaluations related to SDG 6.


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