Climate change, land use change, urbanisation, demographic development and migration, conflicts and peace, food demand and change of diets, industry 4.0, globalisation etc. are among the challenges that integrated sciences as well as development programmes need to address to serve societal needs. Business as usual in policymaking and project developments is no option. However, exciting developments have been taking place as the global community agreed on the ambitious Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, which aims to be comprehensive and include the participation of all stakeholders in one integrated framework. Water in all its facets including water supply, sanitation, wastewater, water quality, IWRM, ecosystem requirements etc. plays a central role in the Agenda 2030, as it is not only central in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, but it is fundamental for the realization of other SDGs related to, for instance, poverty reduction, sustainable growth, health, food security, education, gender equality, climate change, ecosystems (land and sea), etc.
An integrated analysis and synthesis of data, information and related policy linkages will be presented for the Water Goal (SDG 6) in light of achieving the whole 2030 Agenda. The presentation will summarise ‘the big picture’ on progress made in achieving SDG 6 with some links to the current R&D agenda of knowledge economies like Luxemburg, and policy perspectives of how to accelerate achieving this fundamental goal in a rapidly changing environment will be discussed. The presentation will draw upon the UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report1) that informed the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in its in-depth examination of SDG 6 2018 about the state of affairs re SDG 6, the interlinkages to other SDGs and related policy perspectives.
Responsable(s): Stefan Uhlenbrook (Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme).
Avec le soutien de Section des Sciences de l’Institut Grand-ducal & musée national d’histoire naturelle.
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