Cooperation Opportunities for Improved Integration Across SDG6

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The lack of coordination between Water Resources Management (WRM) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and the resulting institutional fragmentation impedes progress on Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) towards sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Policy and institutional fragmentation obstructs efficient water management, generates conflict between users and uses of water resources, and challenges the realization of equitable access.

This report proposes a framework that can be used to improve cooperation between WRM and WASH, illustrated with examples and case studies. The framework is structured around five joint outcomes and 18 cooperation areas that offer tangible entry points to prompt cooperative action towards achieving the joint outcomes. The cooperation and alignment between WASH and WRM are necessary, need to be scaled up, and require commitment and strong leadership.

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UNICEF, Water Governance Facility, SIWI, UNDP

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