Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Publication Date: 

Friday, 1 July 2016 - 3:00pm


Measure What Matters

With just 12 days left until the launch of Measure What Matters: a framework for action today we focus on Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation (see targets below).

The next generation tell us why they would choose clean water as the most important Goal (click video below).

Do read the report The State of Corporate & Government Water Reporting in India, which shows how the disconnections between water reporting systems is a barrier to progress and identifies opportunities for alignment. The paper was researched by the Stockholm Environment Institute for Measure What Matters.

Also check out this neat infographic from UN Water showing how SDG 6 connects to other Goals.

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations 


By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally 


By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity 


By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes 


By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies 


Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management

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