The SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme (SDG 6-SP) assists governments in designing and implementing country-led responses to SDG indicator 6.5.1—the degree of implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)—as an entry point to accelerate progress towards the achievement of water-related SDGs and other development goals, in line with national priorities.

Under the guidance of UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and coordinated by Global Water Partnership (GWP) in close collaboration with UNEP-DHI Centre and Cap-Net UNDP, the Support Programme brings together a unique blend of partners in each country, representing governments, civil society, academia and the private sector.

The objectives of the SDG6-SP initiative are the following:

  • Stage 1 - Identifying challenges: Strengthening SDG 6.5 national monitoring and reporting frameworks to identify critical areas for attention.
  • Stage 2 - Formulating responses: Assisting countries in formulating appropriate responses to water resources management challenges.
  • Stage 3 - Implementing solutions: Supporting countries in implementing solutions aimed at achieving SDG 6.5. 

The assistance provided by the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme should enhance the quality of the results of the SDG 6.5.1 survey and analysis obtained from each country (stage 1). It should also strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) within the countries targeted and facilitate the sharing of best practices between them. The assistance should also aim to accelerate implementation of IWRM. The activities are also expected to strengthen the interlinkage with other related activities, such as the updating of the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Planning (NAP) and GCF Readiness, among others.