SDG 6.5.1 Global Reports

SDG 6.5.1 monitoring and reporting provides a wealth of data and a comprehensive global picture on the progress of IWRM implementation in countries. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as the custodian agency for SDG indicator 6.5.1, periodically invites countries to undertake data collection to respond to a survey on the status of IWRM, analyses the data submitted by countries and shares the results in global progress reports to boost implementation of IWRM.

Indicator 6.5.1 tracks the degree of integrated water resources management (IWRM) implementation in countries. Progress on SDG 6.5.1 is reported by countries through a survey instrument containing, in the latest version, 33 survey questions across four key components of IWRM. The national responses should be consolidated through consultations between relevant stakeholders, such as national and subnational line ministries and institutions involved in water resources management and other stakeholders such as NGOs, academia and business.  UNEP, through the UNEP-DHI Centre, carries out a thorough analysis of the data collected in each round. The results of the data analysis are compiled in a global report providing an overview of the current status and progress made on the rate of implementation of IWRM. Country data, including survey submissions and fact sheets, on both the 2017 baseline and 2020 update, are available on the IWRM Data Portal.

The SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme assists countries in this reporting process, by bringing in the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, sharing experiences and best practices between countries and providing technical assistance and guidelines to facilitate the reporting process. Find out more here on the support provided on monitoring and reporting, and browse through the results of this support in the Results Map.


Global SDG 6.5.1 data collection in 2020

During the 2020 round of data collection on SDG indicator 6.5.1, a total of 171 countries submitted an updated national report. Global status on indicator for year 2020 is supplemented with 14 country reports from the baseline that reported no change since 2017 (baseline survey resubmission). The summary report was launched in August 2021 during the World Water Week.

Read more about the SDG 6.5.1 Global progress report published in 2021 and download the report and the executive summaries in several languages from the IWRM Data Portal.

 Global SDG 6.5.1 progress webinar

On 20 September 2021, UNEP presented the latest data on SDG indicator 6.5.1 jointly with the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme in a webinar. The webinar was part of a series of webinars, presenting the 2021 status of water and sanitation, hosted by the UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 (IMI-SDG6). In the webinar, the latest data on SDG indicator 6.5.1 was presented and acceleration needs and priorities were discussed. Recordings, videos and presentations from the SDG indicator 6.5.1 webinar are available here:


Global SDG 6.5.1 data collection in 2017-2018

 The global baseline for indicator 6.5.1 was established over the course of 2017 and 2018. During baseline data collection, a total of 172 countries submitted their assessments on the status of implementation of IWRM. The global SDG 6.5.1 baseline assessment report found that the vast majority of countries had laid the foundations for IWRM, but that implementation needed to accelerate to realise the targets set in the 2030 Agenda. The complete report and executive summaries in several languages are available on the IWRM Data Portal.