This annual report, coordinated by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), provides a periodic assessment of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) based on data provided by a large number of international organizations within and outside the United Nations system. The aggregate figures in the report provide an overview of regional progress under the eight goals. Water and sanitation are included in the chapter dedicated to Goal 7.
AquaRating - to bridge the financial gap in the WASH sector
How to bridge the financial gap in the WASH sector by helping water utilities become creditworthy? Annually, it has been estimated that approximately 114 billion USD must be spent in the WASH sector if the dedicated water goal, the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) is to be achieved by 2030[i]. However, current annual investment, ≈25 billion USD, is very far from this number. Some reasons for this financial gap include the high global standards expressed in the SDGs 6.1 and 6.2: universal and equitable...
Transitioning to Circular Economy - Inspiration from Portugal
Our grandparents focused their lives on making sure they had enough to live; our parents had the chance to start their lives with not much, and grow into a more and more comfortable life; we’re lucky to have been born to a comfortable life, but grew up realising we can’t just overuse natural resources, we need to protect them; our kids talk about their commitment to use less resources, produce less waste, pollute less, and ensure bees stay alive! We are witnessing a societal change in the last...
Data is the new water: Data revolution to ensure no one is left behind and achieve SDG 6
As countries across the world increasingly experience water scarcity, the ‘water-is-the-new-oil’ adage has come to the fore thousand times. So too has ‘data-is-the-new-oil’, this time to reflect the immense commercial value of data in a global digital economy. If we were to think of data as the new water instead, it may take us to ponder over the way data can help facilitate sustainable management of water resources, more efficient use of water, and ultimately, democratise access to safe...
Local leadership to leave no-one behind
The 2019 World Water Day is focusing on the huge challenge – to leave no-one-behind. This year’s World Water Day focus is one of the most significant shifts from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aimed to increase percentage coverage, to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to reach everyone. People are left behind because of inequalities in WASH access, which, in turn, are based in the deeply entrenched global, national, local and household level inequalities caused by...
Sustainable Development - Where has it all started? The legacy of the Brundtland Report
Nowadays, the world is on the mission to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 that will put the humanity back on the right track of development and secure the future for the coming generations. But the idea of Sustainable Development is not a new one and it has been introduced more than three decades now. So, where has it all started? Our Common Future The concept of sustainable development was placed on the international agenda with the release of the report Our Common Future by the World...