Sustainable Development Goals Task Force


IWA and the Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted its Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims at achieving ambitious targets by 2030. In this Agenda, solving Water and Sanitation challenges (SDG 6) is recognized as a top global priority alongside 16 other overarching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The success of many of the SDG targets, both those that directly and indirectly relate to water, requires strategic and dedicated action by the water sector. This is why the IWA Governing Assembly adopted a resolution on the SDGs in October 2016 to enable “Effective contribution of water professionals to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6 and all water-related Targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development”. 

In this resolution the Governing Assembly (i) invites IWA members to develop strategic plans and efforts to the practical implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, (ii) instructs the IWA Strategic Council to develop further guidance and concrete suggestions for the contributions of the Association to the SDGs and (iii) requests the IWA Secretariat to support, guide and promote the role of Specialist Groups in providing knowledge and expertise to attaining the SDG Targets. In line with this, the 2019-2024 IWA Strategic Plan has identified  “support to the implementation of SDGs” as one of the association’s strategic goals.


“The IWA will support and promote the Sustainable Development Goals and strengthen the sector through professional and capacity development to that people and countries can pursue their ambitions in relation to water related SDG’s”


The Sustainable Development Goals

At the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

  • SDGs are universal and apply to all countries
  • SDGs strongly focus on means of implementation, i.e.  mobilization of financial resources, capacity-building and technology, as well as data and institutions
  • SDGs recognize that tackling climate change is essential for sustainable development and poverty eradication
  • SDG 17 recognizes that multi-stakeholder partnerships are a key component for achieving the SDGs
  • SDGs are not legally binding, Nevertheless, countries are expected to take ownership and establish a national framework for achieving the 17 Goals




SDG 6 Targets and Indicators

The global indicator framework was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed to, as a practical starting point at the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission held in March 2016.

Learn more about the overview of targets and indicators:

The IWA Task Force on SDGs

To operationalize IWA’s SDG aspirations, a group of IWA members have joined forces to develop and implement a Task Force on the SDGs. 

The Task Force has completed its first phase of work, identifying that there is a valuable role for IWA to play in inspiring change amongst members by: 

  1. Supporting the development of SDG knowledge amongst members 
  2. Strengthening the connection members feel to 2030 agenda 

Join the IWA SDG Task Force group to promote and get guidance on how IWA members can establish an SDG driven agenda within their organisations, institutions countries and IWA groups.

To learn more about the work that IWA members do in the IWA RESOURCE SECTION related to the Sustainable Development Goals.