Water as the source of life. Image: UN Water
The target for water in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) is not only covering drinking water and sanitation, but expands to the entire water cycle. It plays a key role in the world targets for 2030.
In September 2015 heads of state from all around the world gathered in New York to adopt the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, an ambitious plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. The Sustainable Development Goals continue and expand the work of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).
Water use and reuse
The new world goals now also include water quality, wastewater management, use efficiency, integrated water resources management and the protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems. To achieve all goals international cooperation, capacity-building and the participation of local communities in water and sanitation management is needed.
The implementation of the SDG’s present a challenge for Europe and require transformation. The European Commission has to translate the goals into new legislation and smart solutions are essential. According to experts, achieving the SDG’s requires cooperation of the private sector, because governments lack the financial means.