High-Level Meeting on Water

New York, 22 March – IDA Virtual attendance. General Assembly High-level meeting on the implementation of the Water-related goals and targets of the 2030 agenda. “Urgent action on water for 2030 and a sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The President of the General Assembly is convening a one-day high-level meeting to promote the implementation of the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda in support of the implementation of the Decade on Water and Sustainable Development (2018-2028) and the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF).  Water is essential for the survival and productivity of all life and ecosystem s. Sustainable Development Goal 6 on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all underpins much of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Growing threat of water stresses in different parts of the world has far reaching consequences, impacting economic development, food security, health, ecosystems, energy production, poverty eradication and gender equality, amongst others. The world is currently off-track to meeting the targets of SDG 6. Some 2.2 billion people lack safely managed drinking water, 4.2 billion people lack safely managed sanitation, 3 billion people have no access to hand washing facilities at home, and 700 million people could be displaced due to scarcity of water by 2030. These figures indicate a concerning trend, but also an immense opportunity to bolster progress towards the attainment of all SDGs. The meeting will seek to showcase solutions in various contexts, and also identify the lessons learnt and best practices in implementing the water related targets and goals.

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