ABOUT: SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme

The goal is to support country and regional responses to SDG 6.5 as an entry point to accelerate implementation of SDG 6 and other water-related goals.

The SDG 6 IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) Support Programme assists governments in designing and implementing country-led responses to SDG indicator 6.5.1, the degree of implementation of IWRM, as an entry point to accelerate progress towards the achievement of water-related SDGs and other development goals, in line with their national priorities. This is in direct support of the official SDG monitoring and reporting processes, and should lead to measurable progress on the relevant SDG targets.

Under the guidance of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and coordinated by Global Water Partnership (GWP) in collaboration with UNEP-DHI Centre and Cap-Net, the Support Programme brings together a unique blend of partners in each country, representing governments, civil society, academia and the private sector, in the spirit of SDG 17 on Partnerships for the Goals. The Support Programme is structured according to the following three stages:

Stage 1 – Identifying challenges: Employ SDG 6.5 national monitoring and reporting frameworks to identify, through multi-stakeholder consultations, critical areas for attention that hinder progress on IWRM. This stage is completed through the completion by national governments every three years of a survey on SDG indicator 6.5.1, designed to allow countries to evaluate their degree of implementation of IWRM.

Stage 2 – Developing Action Plans: Using the key challenges to IWRM implementation identified in Stage 1, Stage 2 aims to facilitate a government-led multi-stakeholder process to formulate and prioritise appropriate responses to those challenges. The result of Stage 2 is typically an IWRM Action Plan (the name might be adapted for each country), which constitutes a series of attractive investment opportunities to systematically guide the implementation of solutions to IWRM challenges; and

Stage 3 – Implementing solutions: Support countries in implementing the designed IWRM solutions aimed at achieving SDG 6 and other water-related goals as a measurable contribution to countries’ progress towards their water-related SDG targets.

Get to know more about the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme!

  • We have produced three promotional videos, specifically a high-level presentation of the Support Programme, a video aimed at public sector partners, and one to present the Support Programme to potential investors and donors.
  • You will find an attractive brochure in English, French and Spanish, by clicking on the appropriate links (upper right corner).
  • You will also find an infographic highlighting some of the key success stories, also in English, French and Spanish, through the appropriate links (upper right corner).