Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals

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This publication provides an overview of how international standards are used by policymakers to support sustainability and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is based on case studies that illustrate the use of standards for SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 7, Standards for Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG 13, Climate Action. The publication documents the practical experience of regulatory authorities, governments and local administrations, as well as regional groups of countries, in using standards towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. With examples ranging from the subnational and national to the global levels, and from all regions, we hope this reading will inspire you to consider your local context and how you may apply standards to best realize the Global Goals in your constituency.



Case Studies - Standards for SDG6: Clean water and sanitation

More than 2 billion people globally are living in countries with excess water stress, whilst an estimated 946 million people lack adequate sanitation facilities and continue to practise open defecation. The unsafe management of faecal waste and wastewater presents a major risk to public health and the environment. International standards are created for agencies that are accountable for developing, implementing and enforcing national or subnational policies on clean water and sanitation. They are instruments that have influenced the revision of national policies to improve clean water and sanitation.


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