Regional Seminar on Integrated Approaches for SDG Planning: The Case of SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation

Date: 
28 Nov 2016 to 29 Nov 2016
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

Implementation of the holistic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require action that embraces interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral approaches to development, an integrated analysis and effective implementation strategies. All of the 17 SDGs are interconnected, and achieving many proposed targets will rely on access to water resources. To address this need, ESCAP developed a tool for analysis of the interdependencies and interlinkages between the 17 SDGs, which are viewed as one indivisible system. Success in achieving targets under SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation will depend on the understanding of interdependencies of SDG 6 with the other SDGs. Understanding the complementary linkages between targets will assist countries to prioritise SDGs implementation, identify leverage points for high impact action, and attract investments and mobilize resources for implementation. Water is an essential resource for human life and wellbeing, a key element of all economic activities, and a cornerstone for achieving sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasizes the important role of water in sustainable development: Sustainable Development Goal 6 and its 8 targets focus on ensuring “availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” The analytical framework developed by ESCAP with SDG6 as the core and applying a systems thinking approach and framework, identified a proposed set of high impact leverage points for strategic action to support the water-related SDGs targets and to achieve integrated sustainable development. Given the macro-level perspective of the assessment conducted, ESCAP also initiated implementation of pilot applications of the systems thinking framework for SDG 6 in selected Asia-Pacific countries, namely Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Fiji. These are currently in different stages of implementation.

With a focus on SDG 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation, this regional seminar will present several frameworks for integration of the SDG targets using systems thinking, various modelling frameworks focused on the global SDG indicators with other relevant indicators, as well as examples of national pilot applications. The seminar will provide a platform for discussion on the interrelated nature of the SDGs and for sharing approaches, experiences, and key lessons learned. The approaches discussed will provide a basis for strengthening national institutional frameworks for SDG implementation.
The seminar will:
• Enhance awareness and understanding of the SDGs as one integral and indivisible holistic system and the importance of mapping interlinkages of water and sanitation related SDG targets;
• Provide a platform for sharing of experiences and lessons learned from various countries in the region by mapping out interlinkages and developing integration models, strategies, and plans;
• Discuss various elements of tools and support available, including those from ESCAP, for further application of analytical frameworks for integrated implementation of the SDGs;
• Identify other possible approaches, gaps and opportunities for strengthening support, including through partnerships.
Target groups
• National teams involved in the pilot application of the analytical framework
• Government-nominated focal points coordinating implementation of the 2030 Agenda
• Regional and national water experts and partner organizations
• Civil society representatives, representatives of other stakeholders, including academia and think tanks
For more information contact:
Ms. Katinka Weinberger, PhD., Chief, Environment and Development Policy Section, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP, [email protected]; and
Ms Aneta Nikolova, D. Eng., Environment Affairs Officer, Environment and Development Policy Section, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP, [email protected]