SDG Preparedness Facility

The United Nations post-2015 Development Agenda was adopted by Member States at the UN General Assembly in September 2015. GWP is committed to support implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 6, which is dedicated to water. To help countries implement the SDGs, GWP set up a SDG Preparedness Facility (SDG-PF).

The overall goal of the GWP SDG-PF is to support countries in their commitment to the post-2015 Development Agenda through practical support for a rapid start to implementing SDG 6 and other water-related SDGs. The specific objectives are:

  • To embed SDG 6 (and interlinked SDGs) into existing national policy and planning frameworks 
  • To support countries to access finance for implementation of the SDGs
  • To support the establishment and strengthening of a national monitoring system for SDG 6 (and interlinked SDGs)
  • To develop the capacity of national institutions to put in place the skills to plan and implement actions for SDG achievement
  • To facilitate the strengthening of partnerships at national and transboundary level to enable a multi-stakeholder approach to SDG planning and monitoring

The SDG-PF is rolled out through the implementation of individual 3-year projects. The initiative builds on country-level consultations carried out in 2013 and 2014 which addressed water security and development issues.

In 2016, the first cohort of 16 country water partnerships spread throughout ten of GWP’s 13 regions were selected to submit draft project notes. These notes act as a precursor to receiving funding support to develop full project documents. The full documents will map out how each country will engage their networks to help national governments implement the water-related SDGs over the next three years.

The selected country partnerships are at varying stages of developing their project notes and documents. The project documents will be finalised in two separate batches, with the first set ready at the end of 2016 and the rest early in 2017. The final proposals will be packaged together for the purpose of resource mobilisation. The country partnerships will be responsible for identifying funding, with support from the regional partnerships and the GWP organisation coordinating a broader fund-raising initiative.

The 16 countries submitting the first cohort of project documents are as follows:

  • Africa: Ghana, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia
  • Asia: Armenia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Viet Nam
  • Europe: Hungary and Moldova
  • Latin America: El Salvador, Honduras, and Peru.

The top image is from the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.