The Support Programme, organised since 2017 under the guidance of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and coordinated by Global Water Partnership (GWP) in collaboration with UNEP-DHI Centre and Cap-Net UNDP, is a coordination mechanism which assists governments in designing and implementing country-led responses to SDG indicator 6.5.1—the degree of implementation of IWRM — as an entry point to accelerate progress towards the achievement of water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other development goals, in line with their national priorities.
Among the exciting new upgrades to the Support Programme website are the following:
- The IWRM Action Searcher, a database of the priority actions for advancing on IWRM defined by 10 countries assisted through the Support Programme, which are ready-made investment opportunities for advancing on IWRM as a means of achieving broader water-related objectives. The Action Searcher will be constantly updated with new actions as more countries are assisted.
- An interactive map showing the 72 countries that have been assisted so far by the Support Programme, including a brief description of the activities and links to reports, photos and other related materials.
- Stakeholder Consultation Reports from the 61 countries assisted in 2020 to report on their challenges and opportunities around IWRM, highlighting how different perspectives are necessary to understand and collectively overcome water-related challenges.
- Three promotional videos for different target audiences showing how the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme works, specifically a high-level presentation of the Support Programme, a video aimed at public sector partners, and one to present the Support Programme to potential investors and donors.
- A promotional brochure on the Support Programme and a set of infographics to present some highlights, available in English, French and Spanish
- A recent call for feedback on a draft study based on the gender-related question in the SDG 6.5.1 survey, called Advancing Towards Gender-Sensitive Water Resources Management, open until April 9th.
- And much more besides!
Furthermore, to accelerate implementation of IWRM for countries who in 2020 reported on their current status of SDG 6.5.1, the Support Programme is organising an online learning exchange on Action Planning, to be held on April 27th, targeted at all those interested in advancing or supporting enhanced water resources management. More details on the online learning exchange will be shared soon. Please note that there will be limited space in the learning exchange, and preference will be given to SDG 6.5.1 focal points and the GWP network.
“With these exciting new materials and the upcoming online learning exchange, our intention is to facilitate the sharing of experiences and lessons learned between countries that we are assisting to advance on their water-related challenges. We also hope to attract more investors and partners to increase support for the many high-impact actions collectively defined by key stakeholders in the countries we have supported“, said Darío Soto-Abril, Executive Secretary of GWP. “This is an opportunity to come together to support collective action to overcome water-related challenges at a much greater scale. If you share that goal, we look forward to hearing more from all!”.