Water Dialogues for results


Translating Synergies into Actions

Process Overview

Virtual High-level Conference
The High-level Conference on 1 July 2021 is officially recognized as a preparatory conference for the Mid-term Review of the Water Action Decade in 2023 and represents the culmination of the Water Dialogues for Results. The key political messages and action-oriented recommendations will be officially presented and feed into the process.
Expert roundtables
In five roundtables, experts on water and sanitation as well as cross-sectoral interlinkages of SDG 6 gathered to discuss an enhanced implementation of and through the five accelerators: Capacity Development, Financing, Data and Information, Innovation, and Governance. This groundtruthing intended to ensure the applicability of the key political messages. An additional form of researchers investigated the improvement of the science-policy-interface.
Regional Fora
Acknowledging the diversity and multiplicity of SDG 6 challenges across different world regions, regional fora reached out to stakeholders in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, as well as Europe. Further consultations are being planned including the Middle East and North Africa.
Un General Assembly High-level Meeting on Water
On 18 March 2021, high-level representatives of all UN member states came together to address the insufficient progress on SDG 6 and the water-related goals of the 2030 Agenda. At this UN General Assembly High-level Meeting, cross-regional statement on water was launched supporting the objectives of the Water Action Decade.
Steering Committee
The Steering Committee of the Water Dialogues for Results process comprised of 35 UN member states representatives as well as Major Groups. They all added valuable input to the political messages document in regular meetings, support the outreach on the process accelerating progress on SDG 6 as ambassadors in their respective world regions.
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In 2017, UN Member States announced the Water Action Decade to strengthen the focus on water and its interconnectedness to ecosystems, economic development and human wellbeing. With its start in 2018, efforts towards meeting water-related challenges, including limited access to safe water and sanitation as agreed upon by UN Member States in Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) of the Agenda 2030, should be accelerated.

To reach SDG 6, actions on full diversity of targets from access to drinking water and sanitation, water-use efficiency, integrated water resources management, transboundary cooperation, protection to the restoration of water-related ecosystems are urgently required. However, this is not only relevant for the achievement of SDG 6 itself, but for almost all of the 17 SDGs. Many are implicitly or explicitly related to water like Agriculture (SDGs 2, 12), Health (SDG 3) and Energy (SDG 7).

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Population growth, urbanisation and changing consumption patterns present additional demands of the already scarce resource. The impact of climate change (SDG 13) furthermore exacerbates risk of droughts and floods.

The increasing pressures on water resources and ecosystems (SDGs 14,15) worldwide leaves no time to hesitate but to cooperate (SDG 17). But focusing on water alone will not bring us back on track. Therefore, cross-sectoral ambition is key to bring sectors together and translate synergies into action. The policy messages developed in the Water Dialogues’ process focus on the five key accelerators to reach SDG 6: Governance, Optimised Financing, Innovation, Capacity Building, and Improved Data and Information. The Water Dialogues’ process is part of the German government’s efforts to overcome global water challenges and accelerate the implementation of SDG 6. In view of 2023, it presents a unique opportunity to turn the tide on achieving SDG 6.


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