Three years ago world leaders made a promise: to end extreme poverty by 2030. But the UN progress report paints an alarming picture. During the HLPF we'll be hosting events, blogging and tweeting live from New York, to make sure the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis is no longer ignored. 

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 

A WaterAid delegation will be heading to New York to participate in the forum and host events. During the forum we aim to:

  1. Increase awareness of the global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) crisis which is costing millions of lives per year.

  2. Increase understanding of SDG 6 as the key to achieving the SDGs (increase your understanding with this blog!) >

  3. Highlight best practices and potential solutions to the WASH crisis to generate political support for WaterAid’s approach.

  4. Identify WASH champions within governments and the private sector who can help us drive greater action towards achieving SDG 6.

  5. 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.

Accountability on SDGs WaterAid/Eliza Powell

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). 

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.

Be inspired

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...