July 9 | 8:00 AM GMT-4
Billions of people worldwide live without safely managed drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services, which are critical for protecting human health and containing the spread of COVID-19. Currently, 2.3 billion people live in water-stressed countries, and challenges are increasing related to water pollution, water scarcity and floods caused by climate change and mismanagement.
Even before COVID-19 struck, progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 was alarmingly off track. According to the latest UN report, the current rate of progress on achieving water and sanitation for all will have to quadruple to meet the 2030 deadline. A sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through water and sanitation-related measures provides a unique opportunity to promote the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and build an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.
About the event
During the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2021 (HLPF), a virtual SDG 6 Special Event will be hosted. In line with the theme of the 2021 HLPF, the Special Event will focus on how the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework can support a sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, and builds an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.
The SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework introduces this multi-stakeholder, high-level, annual stock-taking event to enable stakeholders to keep up momentum on SDG 6 as well as share lessons and best practices. The SDG 6 Special Event will review the progress to date and showcase some of the projects that have been developed around the Framework. As a new contribution to the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework, progress on the SDG 6 Capacity Development Initiative will be introduced by the co-coordinators UN DESA and UNESCO.
Federal Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze will present the key messages and action-oriented recommendations of the Water Dialogues at the SDG 6 Special Event of the HLPF, alongside Tajikistan and the Netherlands representing the Water Action Decade.
The event is co-chaired by Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water and President of IFAD, and Mr. Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.
Register here for the event on Zoom.
The draft concept note of the Special Event is available here.
The agenda can be downloaded here.