Monitoring water and sanitation in the 2030 Agenda

Tuesday 30 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL Music Hall

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

  • Johan Gély, Head of the Global Programme for Water Initiatives at Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Switzerland
  • Franz-Birger Marré, Head of Division "Water, Urban Development, Mobility", Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

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:

  • Niokhor Ndour, Director, Direction de la Gestion et de la Planification des Ressources en Eau, Senegal
  • Callist Tindimugaya, Commissioner, Water Resources Planning and Regulation, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda

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