Central America Exchanges SDG 6 Experiences

On October 19 in San Salvador, GWP Central America and the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD), in coordination with the Central American and Dominican Republic Forum on Water and Sanitation (FOCARD-APS) and the Government of El Salvador, held a regional workshop to promote the exchange of experiences among the countries of Central America on progress in monitoring and implementing SDG 6 in the national 2030 agendas.

The workshop was organised in the context of the recently released UN Water report on progress in the implementation of SDG 6, where the main message is that if we continue at the current rate, the SDG 6 targets will not be met. Participants included representatives of ministries of environment, planning, WASH and other government entities linked to SDG 6 of the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize and Dominican Republic.

The opening ceremony of the workshop was chaired by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) of El Salvador, Lina Pohl; the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of the Technical and Planning Secretariat of El Salvador, Doris Jaime; the Executive Secretary of the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD), Salvador Nieto; GWP Senior Network Officer Joshua Newton; and GWP El Salvador Chair, Miguel Araujo.

The initial presentations included: Alberto Mora from the State of the Region who talked about the main challenges to achieve water security in Central America, Joshua Newton introduced the Agenda 2030 and SDG 6, and Humberto Soto from ECLAC gave a look at the integration of the 2030 Agenda in planning mechanisms at the national and local levels.

The agenda of the first day included a panel on experiences of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica in the articulation of national planning frameworks and the SDGs. This allowed participants to have a general picture of how the countries of the region have made progress in incorporating the 2030 Agenda into their national planning mechanisms, which establishes a good basis to promote the implementation of the SDG 6.

On the second day there was virtual participation of UN Water, GEMI-FAO and UNICEF-JMP on the monitoring of the SDGs and SDG 6, who expanded on the existing instruments for integrated monitoring, as well as the baseline that we have to date for some of the goals and indicators of SDG 6. These presentations provided the basis for the panel on experiences of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Panama in the definition of integrated monitoring mechanisms for SDG 6 at the national level.

The workshop was held as part of the GWP effort to accompany the countries in the rapid implementation and monitoring of the SDG 6, within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.