Peru a pilot country for measurement of progress in water and sanitation in 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

The Peruvian National Water Authority, which belongs to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, with the support of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), is promoting Peru as a pilot country for the monitoring of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (to Ensure Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All).

The GEMI project seeks to achieve a coherent and harmonised monitoring framework of SDG 6 (Sustainable Development Goal 6) indicators, with improved methods for data collection and analysis to facilitate progress reports at national, regional and global levels. Although the project is worldwide, the initial phase will mainly take place in pilot countries like Peru, with the aim of defining and testing methodologies for the evaluation of indicators, before the project is extended to the remaining Member States. Monitoring and evaluation processes for SDGs are led by countries, but the results of the national processes will serve as a basis for regional and global monitoring.

In Peru, the National Water Authority will be responsible for leading the process of identifying and implementing specific, measurable indicators aimed at implementing initiatives for the monitoring of progress with respect to SDG 6.

The project was set up by UN-Water, the United Nations inter-agency mechanism on all freshwater related issues. The FAO, in coordination with the Pan American Health organisation (PAHO) will lead the work associated with Goal 6.4 (to achieve 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). Other UN agencies such as the UNEP, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UNESCO and the WMO will be responsible for the remaining SDG 6 goals.