Within the development sector, we talk about reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 on a daily basis. What we often forget is that reaching these goals provides an equal, cleaner and more sustainable world for future generations. It is noticeable that youth groups and activists are extremely passionate and enthusiastic about reaching the SDGs and are regularly finding innovative and creative ways to reach these goals.
Sustainable Development Goals
This time last year, End Water Poverty brought the misreporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) progress levels using incorrect datasets to the attention of the UN Secretary General. The progress report that was flagged by the coalition had used indicators from the Millennium Development Goals instead of the SDGs, thereby not tracking progress accurately.
In 2015, UN member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are made up of 17 global goals in the form of a universal call to action to end poverty, protect our planet and ensure a peaceful and prosperous life for everyone.
On 11th July 2017, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) published the latest Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene; allowing us to track our progress against the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 – ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
In my ten years of campaigning and advocating for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), we have never had such a unique political opportunity for change as we have had this year at the start of Agenda 2030; the start of the new development goals for the next 15 years. In the past few months, my colleagues and I at the End Water Poverty secretariat have been criss-crossing Africa, Europe, South Asia and Latin America to tap into the enthusiasm of our members at the beginning of this ambitious path to achieve a universally better future for all.
The latest institutional developments around Goal 6 for water and sanitation were presented at World Water Week in Stockholm.
Blog post written by Catarina Fonseca, Head: International and Innovation Programme, IRC - written on 2 September 2016 and posted on IRC's website.
This week, governments at Africa Water Week are expected to agree a roadmap to ensure the continent achieves Global Goal 6 on water and sanitation by 2030. Apollos Nwafor, WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager for West Africa, looks at why it is important that these ambitious targets are first met in Africa, and how the roadmap must be shaped to make this a reality.