ACCELERATING CROSS-SECTORAL SDG 6 IMPLEMENTATION
Water flows across borders and sectors and thus plays a central role for the fulfillment of our global agendas from Paris to Sendai. Achieving SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation is fundamental to sustainable development: Water is essential to eradicate poverty and hunger, combat inequalities within and among countries, build resilient and peaceful societies. However, the world is alarmingly off-track to reaching SDG 6 by 2030 and the consequences are disproportionately felt by the poorest and most vulnerable. With business as usual it might lead to food and energy shortages, biodiversity loss, degradation of ecosystems, economic slowdown or political disputes. The lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene services undermine global health. Joint action is urgently needed to reverse this situation, we need an immediate, integrated and holistic response. Focusing on water alone will not bring us back on track. The highly cross-sectoral character of water makes the scarce resource key for bringing sectors together and translate synergies into action.