In embarking upon the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a dedicated goal on water and sanitation, credible data are needed to underpin sector advocacy, stimulate political commitment, inform decision making and trigger well-placed investment towards health, environment and economic gains. Countries own the monitoring and reporting of the 2030 Agenda and are the main beneficiaries of improved access to better-quality data; any initiative must therefore be sensitive to national needs.
The UN-Water family is currently working to align, integrate and expand existing monitoring and reporting efforts within the sector, to ensure a harmonised monitoring and reporting of the entire water cycle. The new initiative “Integrated monitoring of water and sanitation related SDG targets” (GEMI), complements WHO/UNICEF “Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation” (JMP) and UN-Water “Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water” (GLAAS), and – building on national and regional efforts – will together be able to monitor and report on global progress towards the entirety of SDG 6.
Participants will learn more about SDG 6 monitoring and how the UN system is working together to support countries in this regard. Results from the in-country pilot testing of SDG 6 monitoring methodologies will be presented.
14:00 Welcome: Setting the stage for global monitoring
14:05 Introduction to the integrated monitoring initiative for SDG 6 (JMP, GEMI and GLAAS)
Will Reidhead, Global Monitoring Officer at UN-Water
14:20 Early learning from pilot countries
Moderator: Fiona Gore, Technical Officer and GLAAS Project Manager at WHO
Country representatives sharing preliminary experiences from pilot testing of SDG 6 monitoring methodologies, including:
14:55 Discussion with the audience
Country representatives and JMP, GEMI and GLAAS partners
15:25 Way forward
Joakim Harlin, Vice-Chair of UN-Water
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