Country Water Partnerships Are Ready to Support the 2023 SDG 6.5.1 Reporting Process

The SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme assists governments in designing and implementing their responses to SDG indicator 6.5.1, the degree of implementation of IWRM, to accelerate progress towards the achievement of water-related SDGs and other development goals. This directly supports the official SDG monitoring and reporting processes, leading to measurable progress on the relevant SDG targets. The Support Programme is structured around 3 stages and offers also specific support on selected thematic priorities.

The stage 1 of the programme supports a country to identifying challenges. This will be done through an inclusive multi-stakeholders consultation process to collect relevant information, identifying critical areas for attention presented as a report on the degree of IWRM implementation. Build from the result of the stage 1, the identified opportunities and challenges are used to formulate responses through the stage 2. A government-led multi-stakeholder process will be carried out to formulate an IWRM action plan (the name might be adapted for each country), thus allow an investment opportunity. The last stage from the programme, stage 3 aims for implementing solutions from the IWRM action plan.

In 2020, 6 countries in the region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Philippines, and Lao PDR) involved in the implementation of the SDG 6 IWRM Support program. The summary and report can be downloaded from this webpage.

In 2023, the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme will be launched in April 2023 as part of the 2023 reporting process. Thus, GWP-SEA Regional Secretariat invited the Country Water Partnerships (CWPs) in the region to communicate and shared the updates. The meeting was held on 10 March 2023 virtually. As a preliminary meeting, CWPs were encouraged to establish a communication with the SDG 6.5.1’s country focal point in order to have a smooth multi-stakeholder consultation process. The report is expected to deliver to UNEP by the 1st October, 2023. The government (country focal point) is also expected to facilitate the consultation since the SDG 6 IWRM Support Pogramme have limited budget, managed by each CWP respectively. Once the official programme already launched, the country focal point is expected to send an official letter to the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme team (GWPO) asking for a support. The Support Programme is organize by GWPO in collaboration with UNEP and UNEP-DHI Centre on Water and Environment.