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Caribbean Workshop on Implementation and Monitoring of SDG 6, 2018-2030 | 1-2 Nov 2017

Water and sanitation are essential elements of sustainable development and pillars of human health and well-being, being understood that integrated management of both components is essential to ensure the sustainability of the planet. In this context, on the Agenda of the 2030, a specific target on water and sanitation (SDG 6) which seeks to "ensure the availability and the sustainable management of water and sanitation for all" has been included. This new comprehensive approach presented by the MDGs on water and sanitation, since including the safe management of water, wastewater and of ecosystems.

In September 2015 Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.  The achievement of these goals requires a multi-sectoral collaboration between relevant stakeholders.  Bold and transformative steps will be required to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path, leaving no one will be left behind”

However, these new indicators measure requires a consistent framework of monitoring which will include an improvement in the collection and analysis of data covering the whole cycle of water and sanitation.

The objective of sustainable development "Water and Sanitation" (SDG 6), is to "guarantee the availability and the sustainable management of water and sanitation for all", which represents a more advanced version of the MDGs on water and sanitation, since it includes the safe water, water waste and ecosystems management. In that sense the estimation of these indicators poses a major challenge, in the collection of data, as well as in the monitoring of them, covering the entire cycle of production of the services of water, or other services related to these goals.

6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe drinking water, at an affordable price for all

Proposed indicator: proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services.

6.2 By 2030, achieve equitable access to adequate sanitation and hygiene services for all and put an end to outdoor defecation, paying particular attention to the needs of women and girls and people in vulnerable situations.

Proposed indicator: "Proportion of population using safely managed sanitation services including a handwashing facility with soap and water."

6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing the discharge of hazardous materials and chemicals, halving the percentage of untreated wastewater and increasing Recycling and reuse in global security conditions.

Proposed indicator: "The percentage of wastewater treated in a safe manner".

The member states having determined the global framework of goals, targets and indicators, the SDG 6 is a major shift from water and sanitation related MDGs, with new definitions and

It is important to realize that the Member States will have to develop a national framework for measuring and monitoring the targets and indicators at regional, national and sub-national levels to complement the global indicators, taking into account national circumstances, capabilities and institutional strength.


Purpose of the Workshop:

  1. To increase countries’ awareness of the difference between the water and sanitation goals and targets of MDGs and SDG6 and the implications at country level;
  2. Enhance countries capacity to develop national framework for measuring and monitoring the targets and indicators for SDG6.
  3. To review national water safety framework to accomplish the SDG6 indicator for population using safely managed water and sanitation services.
  4. To take stock of what countries are doing on SDG6 monitoring and to exchange experiences and lessons learnt in capacity building for the development of national framework;
  5. To increase understanding on inter-sectoral integration and related technical issues and cross cutting issues like gender related to the achievement of SDG6



The 2 day workshop will be interactive, with technical presentations, country contributions workgroup sessions and discussions. Download agenda

This meeting is planned back to back with Regional Workshop on Health in National Action Plans for Climate Change 30-31 October 2017

PAHO’s Technical Officer:

Adrianus (Ton) Vlugman

Senior Advisor, Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health, Caribbean

Office of Caribbean Program Coordination, PAHO/WHO

PO Box 508 Bridgetown, Barbados, BB11000

t: +1(246) 434 5200

CISCO 40042


CARPHA Technical Officer:

Lyndon Forbes