Influence, connection and recognition: WaterAid at the 2018 UN High Level Political Forum



The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the primary platform for gauging governments’ progress towards the 2030 Agenda (ending extreme poverty) and therefore the most meaningful accountability space surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals.

HLPF 2018's focus on SDG6 (water and sanitation for all) offered an especially relevant locus of activity through which to galvanize urgent action on the global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) crisis, and to convey WaterAid’s messaging on reaching everyone, everywhere with these essential services by 2030.

Our delegation was comprised of media, policy and advocacy colleagues from across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, who spoke at and/or co-organised 19 public events or sessions which took place between 9-18 July. 

During the HLPF WaterAid also organized 5 high-profile side events; spoke at and/or co-organized 19 public events or sessions; gave 10 media interviews; held 4 bilateral meetings with governments; led 3 civil society advocacy caucus sessions; hosted a dynamic photo exhibition (pictured above); and led an engaging solidarity walk for water.

HLPF Walk for Water WaterAid/Drew Gurian
WaterAid staff and volunteers lead a 'Walk for Water' in New York City to highlight the millions of people who still have to walk to collect water from unsafe sources every day.

WaterAid are determined, as a civil society organisation, to hold governments to account on their promises to end extreme poverty and ensure access to water and sanitation for everyone, everywhere.

Our co-ordinated, cross-regional effort at the 2018 HLPF marks a shift in our approach to engaging with high-level leaders and institutions on the SDGs, and it is an approach we plan to build on during the countdown to 2030. Our summary report details the successes of our time at the UN, as well as our hopes for occupying this space in the future. Download the summary >

If you were at HLPF, or accompanied our journey whilst we were there, and would like to feedback on WaterAid’s activities please email [email protected].

For more on accountability to the SDGs and what we learned at the 2018 HLPF, read our blog >