Why do we care?
This isn't just another closed-door meeting of government officials. The High Level Political Forum is the only opportunity for organisations like ourselves to hold governments to account on their Sustainable Development Goals promise.
This year Goal 6 (water and sanitation for all) will be reviewed, and it couldn't come sooner: Governments are way off their 2030 target. In fact, if current trends continue it’ll be 2045 before everyone everywhere has access to water, and 2066 before the world gets basic sanitation.
A WaterAid delegation will be heading to New York to participate in the forum and host events. During the forum we aim to:
Increase awareness of the global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) crisis which is costing millions of lives per year.
Increase understanding of SDG 6 as the key to achieving the SDGs (increase your understanding with this blog!) >
Highlight best practices and potential solutions to the WASH crisis to generate political support for WaterAid’s approach.
Identify WASH champions within governments and the private sector who can help us drive greater action towards achieving SDG 6.
Establish closer working relationships with non-WASH civil society groups so that we can foster an holistic approach to ending extreme poverty.
HLPF diary blog
Governments aren't doing enough to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals promise they made back in 2015. Leading voices from the development sector will blog live from HLPF to report on what is being said (and done!) to end global poverty.
Voluntary national reviews
Every year Governments present voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their progress on the SDGs. The VNRs report on national progress and key findings on the 6/7 goals that are selected to report on that year. The VNR countries submit a comprehensive written report as well as documents detailing key findings.
The VNR process is problematic, but one thing is clear: WASH is not being focused on. And we need clear data and reporting in order to progress action towards the 2030 Agenda.
WaterAid will be taking an active interest in the presentation of Voluntary National Reviews during the ministerial session of the HLPF, 16-18 July. This year, six countries where WaterAid has a presence will be presenting their SDG progress at the HLPF (Australia, Canada, Colombia, Mali, Niger and Senegal).
Attend an event
We are organising and co-hosting various events to mark the HLPF in New York in July. Join us as we fight to get SDG 6 the attention it deserves.
We've joined 138 Civil Society Organisations in issuing a bold statement in response to the SDG progress report, which shows that we're decades behind schedule.
Go back to basics
Feeling a bit lost with all this chat about HLPF? Go back to basics and learn about the Sustainable Development Goals, and what they're supposed to be achieving...