The 32nd UN-Water Meeting was convened at the headquarters of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in late January.
Over 60 delegates of UN-Water Members and Partners participated in the event, representing the UN Secretariat and UN agencies, funds, programmes and other entities, multilateral environmental agreements, and civil society organisations. An additional 24 observers from governments and other organisations also attended.
The 32nd UN-Water Meeting included agenda items addressing the work programme for the coming biennium, the UN-Water 2030 Strategy, and input to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which will extend to 2050.
Meeting participants also discussed a proposed SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework in the context of the UN Secretary-General’s recent call for a Decade of Action to deliver the 2030 Agenda. Planning for engaging at the country and regional levels was discussed in light of ongoing UN reforms. UN-Water’s Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 and efforts to update monitoring and reporting were also highlighted.
The SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework, which will include a commitment platform for the acceleration of the Decade of Action, strengthened cross-sectoral approaches using the six entry points for transformative action identified in the Global Sustainable Development Report 2019, and better coordination and delivery at the country level, was highlighted as a key initiative to help advance efforts to achieve safe water and sanitation for all.