6. Clean water and sanitation - Sustainable development indicators

sgd 6 'clean water and sanitation'

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SDG 6 calls for ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and ending open defecation. It also aims at improving water quality and water-use efficiency and encouraging sustainable abstractions and supply of freshwater.

Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems such as forests, mountains, wetlands and rivers is essential for mitigating water scarcity, as is the implementation of integrated water resources management.

More international cooperation is also needed to support developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes and to help local communities improve water and sanitation management.

Monitoring SDG 6 in an EU context focuses on progress made in sanitation efforts, in improving water quality and in increasing water use efficiency.

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