Water Dialogues: making safe water and sanitation available to everyone

Project description

Title: Water Dialogues for Results Bonn 2021: accelerating cross-sectoral SDG 6 implementation
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Country: Global
Overall term: 2020 to 2021



Sustainable Development Goal 6 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG 6) aims to ensure the availability of clean drinking water and sanitation for everyone and secure sustainable management of this essential resource. To achieve this goal, the United Nations (UN) has established the Water Action Decade 2018-2028. Through the UN organisation UN-Water, the world community has already identified challenges and formulated guidance on getting closer to the goal.

However, it will be difficult for many countries of the Global South to achieve SDG 6 by 2030. The slow progress is alarming since many fields are affected: global health, the fight against climate change, functioning agriculture, energy production and intact ecosystems all depend on water. The cross-sectoral ambitions of the development goals nevertheless represent an opportunity to bring the different fields together and transform resulting synergies into practical measures. The Water Dialogues support such measures. The Water Dialogues are part of the road map for preparing the UN Conference for the mid-term review of the Water Action Decade in 2023.


Policy recommendations have been developed professionally and contribute to implementation of SDG 6 in developing, emerging and industrialised nations.



The German Government intends to strengthen international water governance and accelerate implementation of SDG 6 through the Water Dialogues. The process is being implemented under the leadership of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The Water Dialogues steering committee is composed of representatives from UN member states, international water-related organisations and UN major groups, which bring together actors from all segments of society. In a series of online meetings, the steering committee decides on the content and specialist fields of the policy recommendations. From March to May 2021, experts are also meeting in five expert forums and several regional forums in order to discuss sector-specific requirements and regional needs.

The final document containing the recommendations will be officially presented at a high level meeting in Bonn on 1 July 2021. The event will be held both face-to-face and online.

Last update: March 2021