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In 2015, members of the United Nations (UN) agreed on "The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" – a plan dedicated to forming a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.

At the heart of this plan are 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be reached by 2030.

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These 17 interconnected goals are a universal call-to-action to create a better world by ending poverty, fighting inequality, and protecting the planet.

At Water For People, our work impacts several of the goals, but is primarily aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 – ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for all. In other words, we work to achieve water and sanitation services for Everyone Forever.

Like Water For People, the UN believes water and sanitation are at the very core of sustainable development, critical to the survival of people and planet. Water is the foundation for prosperity and connects deeply to the other 16 goals.

Explore the sdg 6 targets

Target 6.1

6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all

Target 6.2

6.2 By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations

Target 6.3

6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally

Target 6.4

6.4 By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

Target 6.5

6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate

Target 6.6

6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

Target 6.A

6.A By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

Target 6.B

6.B Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management

Our Work Accelerates the SDG Agenda in Many Areas

SDG 3, SDG 4 – Expand WASH in schools and healthcare facilities 

SDG 5 – Generate opportunities for women and girls 

SDG 8 – Create business opportunities in WASH

SDG 9 – Develop quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure

SDG 11 – Create sustainable cities and communities

SDG 13 – Accelerate response to the climate emergency

SDG 17 – Partner with other organizations to increase pace of change

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Visit the WASH Room

Dive deeper by visiting The WASH Room – the hub for everything you need to know about providing sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene services at scale. Discover more about Everyone Forever, systems change, sustainability, and real solutions for achieving SDG 6.