The United Nations 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (2018 HLPF) is taking place in New York on July 9-18. IWMI was invited to be part of the panel at the 2018 HLPF: Official Review of Progress on SDG 6, held on July 9. This meeting reinforced the view, backed by detailed evidence, that efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 – i.e., “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” – are decidedly not on track.
IWMI director general Claudia Sadoff figured as a panelist, addressing the particularly complex targets concerning water scarcity as well as sustainable and equitable water management. She called for ambitious new efforts to confront today’s reality of water scarcity and pollution.
Organized around the theme “transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,” the Forum will conclude with a 3-day ministerial meeting on July 16-18, giving rise to a declaration. The HLPF’s purpose is to review successes, challenges and lessons learned on achieving the SDGs. In addition to Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented by 47 countries, the forum is reviewing a specific set of goals this year, including SDG 6. The July 9 meeting was the only “official” one held to review progress on SDG 6 – perhaps one of only two or three taking place before 2030.