As the UN system’s principal authoritative report on water, the United Nations World Water Development Report 2023 directly informs the UN conference discussions, describing how building partnerships and enhancing cooperation across all dimensions of sustainable development are essential to accelerating progress towards SDG 6 and realizing the human rights to water and sanitation.
The Prologue to this report briefly describes the status and trends concerning global freshwater resources (availability, demand, quality, etc.) and summarizes the current level of progress on each of the SDG 6 targets.
Chapters 2–7 showcase experiences and perspectives on partnerships and cooperation from different water-dependent sectors: Agriculture, Environment, Human Settlements, Industry and Energy, Human Health, and Climate Change.
Regional knowledge and practices are highlighted in Chapter 8. Chapters 9–13 review partnerships and cooperation with regard to each of the five ‘accelerators’ under the SDG 6 GAF: Education and Capacity Development, Data and Information, Innovation, Funding, and Governance.
Guiding principles for successful partnerships and cooperation, along with a review of the roles, responsibilities, and contributions of partners at various levels, are presented in Chapter 14.
On 22 March 2023, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) launched an informational video on water resources management and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) practices in South Asia.