Gambia organizes country stakeholder workshop for SDG 6.5.1

The Gambia Country Water Partnership (GCWP) held a national workshop on monitoring and reporting on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Six (#6) indicator 6.5. The event took place on 29 August 2017 at the Tango Conference hall in Banjul. Target 6.5 reads “Implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate”. The workshop is aimed at facilitating the submission of baseline data on SDG 6.5.1 on the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management.


Partial view of participants

The workshop was coordinated and convened by the CWP, in collaboration with the government IWRM Focal Point, and with participation of various stakeholders. GWP and UN Environment-DHI have provided workshop materials to support the organization of the stakeholder workshop. 

The 2030 Development Agenda, adopted by member States at the UN General Assembly in September 2015, will drive development actions for the next 15 years. The GWP 2016-2019 Work Programme is strongly focused on supporting countries to achieve the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly via the SDG 6.5 target on integrated water resources management.

In this context, GWP is using its unique partnerships to help countries immediately set out to implement the 2030 Development Agenda. In particular, GWP is enhancing its work at the country level through its network of CWPs in order to provide direct, in-country support to national institutions responsible for SDG implementation.

Gambia High table

High table at the official ceremony

In her opening remarks, the chairperson of Gambia Country Water Partnership, Mrs Ndey Sireng Bakurin said that managing water to ensure sustainable development goes beyond its social, economic and environment dimensions to address several developmental challenges such as urbanization, food and energy security, industry growth and climate change.

Speaking on behalf of the government of the Gambia, Mr. Manding Saydikhan, Principal Secretary at the Ministry of fisheries and Water Resources underscored the importance of the workshop since water is a basic need.

The chairperson of GCWP said at the end that the workshop “was well attended and participants welcomed the initiative”.