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#EveryDropCounts: UN-Water and IISD team up on SDG 6 information

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NEW YORK CITY, 22 March 2018—To mark World Water Day, UN-Water and the International Institute for Sustainable Development are pleased to announce a new agreement to collaborate in providing information on implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6.

The Goal calls for voluntary actions around the world to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

If we continue to develop on our current path, a recent report indicates the world may face a 40 per cent shortfall in water availability by 2030. This new collaboration seeks to inform and engage actors in an effort to set the world on a different path.

UN-Water coordinates the efforts of United Nations entities and many international organizations working on water and sanitation issues. The International Institute for Sustainable Development, an independent think tank, reports on and organizes information on efforts to implement each of the SDGs through its SDG Knowledge Hub.

The stream of information flowing into the SDG Knowledge Hub about water and sanitation projects and solutions will be enhanced through this collaboration and will incorporate linkages with the other SDGs, to ensure that water and sanitation challenges are seen within a wider context, and taken up in relationship with other Goals, and vice-versa.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, Toronto and New York City, our work impacts lives in nearly 100 countries.

ABOUT UN-WATER

Over 30 UN organizations carry out water and sanitation programmes, reflecting the fact that water issues run through all of the UN’s main focus areas. UN-Water’s role is to coordinate so that the UN family ‘delivers as one’ in response to water related challenges.

ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

SDG 6 is one of 17 Goals that all member states of the United Nations adopted in September 2015. The SDGs identify a set of interconnected actions to end poverty and hunger, deliver quality education and clean energy, and spur economic growth and innovation, among other targets to be achieved by 2030. The achievement of universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all and adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, as two of the eight targets set out in SDG 6, will require concerted action by community groups, government leaders and everyone in between. But this action will benefit from parallel efforts to enhance education, foster biodiversity and ecosystem services, and develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, to name just three targets under other Goals.


About the International Institute for Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today – ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic and social rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, Toronto and New York, our work impacts lives in nearly 100 countries.

For more information, please contact: Sumeep Bath at media@iisd.org or +1 (204) 958 7700 ext. 740