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United Nations SDG 6

The water and sanitation crisis is getting worse. The challenges we face are unprecedented and growing. We need an immediate and integrated global response to rapidly improve progress on SDG 6 – ‘to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030’.



Key Sections of the UN SDG 6


6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


6.2 By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


6.4 By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity


6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes


6.A By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies


6.B Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


Source: https://unric.org/en/sd



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