The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018

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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 provides an overview of progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and is prepared by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in cooperation with the United Nations system and based on current available data and information. This third edition of the annual report contains an in-depth review of the six Goals related to the 2018 theme of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF): Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies as well as an overview with key findings for all 17 Goals of the SDGs.

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Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Safe drinking water and sanitation are basic human rights. Access to fresh water, in sufficient quantity and quality, is also a prerequisite to achieving many dimensions of sustainable development, including health, food security and poverty reduction. Water-related ecosystems are essential to life and have always provided natural sites for human settlements, bringing benefits such as transportation, natural purification, irrigation, flood protection and habitats for biodiversity. However, population growth, agricultural intensification, urbanization and industrial production are beginning to overwhelm and undermine nature’s ability to fulfil key functions and provide key services. The challenges of meeting future water needs in a sustainable manner are daunting, but they can be overcome. The implementation of integrated water resources management at all levels (including the transboundary level) and mainstreaming water and sanitation into the policies and plans of other sectors are critical.

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