Water Dialogues for results

accelerating cross-sectoral SDG 6 implementation

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Water is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, flows across borders and sectors, and is a key enabler to address the most pressing global challenges. Climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem loss, food and energy production, and population increase are only some examples where water plays a critical role.

However, the implementation of SDG 6 as well as other water-related goals and targets is still far behind. This is why the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), on behalf of the entire German government, initiated the Water Dialogues for Results. The BMUV recognises that the global water and sanitation crisis calls for an immediate global response, especially in light of the run-up to the United Nations Water Conference in March 2023.

With the aim of accelerating the cross-sectoral implementation of SDG 6, the BMUV held a virtual dialogue series from February to June 2021, involving UN member states, representatives of the UN Major Groups and international organisations. The outcome of the dialogue were policy recommendations and key messages for governments and service providers, multilateral organisations and the UN system to take fast, coordinated and cross-sectoral action to reach SDG 6 by 2030. They have been presented at the High-Level Ministerial Conference on SDG 6 in Bonn in July 2021, and will continuously contribute to the preparatory process leading up to the 2023 UN Water Conference. To date, the key messages have been supported by more than 60 UN member states.

Upcoming Events

SDG 6 Special Event during HLPF 2022

Date

13 June

Location:

New York, USA

Registration at:

The SDG 6 Special Event will be hosted during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2022 at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York.

A few months later, in March 2023, the international community will gather in New York for the UN 2023 Water Conference. In the lead up to next year’s historic Conference, the SDG6 Special Event aims to showcase how the UN-Water family is prepared to support countries to meet their water and sanitation objectives. Acceleration and preparatory events in the context of the Conference will be presented during this Special Event.

The SDG 6 Special Event is co-hosted by the Chair of UN-Water, Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo and the Secretary-General of the UN 2023 Water Conference, USG Mr. Liu Zhenmin.

In conjunction with the Special Event, also a virtual dialogue will be hosted on 14 June. Technical experts will focus on the Water Action Agenda voluntary commitments and country level accelerations.

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