Collection of Good Practices and Lessons Learned on Target Setting and Reporting under the Protocol on Water and Health

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UNECE
17 Nov 2016
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53
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9789210586696 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.18356/4c335924-en

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The Protocol on Water and Health provides a framework for countries to attain an adequate supply of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation for everyone and effectively protect water used as a source of drinking water. Article 6 and 7 of the Protocol require Parties to set targets to improve the water, sanitation and health situation and collect and evaluate data and information on their progress towards the achievement of the targets.In 2010, in order to assist Parties in addressing challenges connected with setting targets and reviewing and assessing progress, Guidelines on the Setting of Targets, Evaluation of Progress and Reporting were published. While applying the Guidelines, countries have accumulated ample experiences including stories and key elements that made their process successful as well as areas where things could have been done differently. Recognizing the usefulness of this collective experience and the benefits from learning from the good practices and replicating them, the Task Force on Target Setting and Reporting decided to prepare the present publication.The objective of the Collection of Good Practices and Lessons Learned on Target Setting and Reporting is to provide concrete advice to countries that are or will embark in the process of setting, revising or implementing their targets, as well as for their reporting on the progress achieved in accordance with the Protocol.The Collection is a compilation of success stories, challenges and diverse approaches applied by Parties and other States working in the framework of the Protocol. It aims at complementing the Guidelines on the Setting of Targets, Evaluation of Progress and Reporting by focusing on how they have been implemented in practice. It follows the logical framework laid out in the Guidelines for the process of setting targets and reporting covering each step of the process.

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  • Foreword

    Ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all is essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This objective, embodied in Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) of the Agenda, is linked to all the other SDGs. Without due attention to water and sanitation, many of the aspirations and targets of the 2030 Agenda will not be met.

  • Preface

    It gives me a great pleasure to present this Collection of Good Practices and Lessons Learned on Target Setting and Reporting under the Protocol on Water and Health, which is the result of an extensive participatory exercise to distil the practical experience accumulated by Parties to the Protocol and other States in setting targets and reporting.

  • Acknowledgements

    This publication was prepared within the framework of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)/World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health. It would not have been possible without the generous contributions of many governments, individuals, and international and non-governmental organizations.

  • Introduction

    The Protocol on Water and Health is the world’s first legal treaty established to protect human health and well-being through better water management and the prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases. Jointly serviced by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, it provides a framework for countries to attain a satisfactory supply of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation for all, and to effectively protect water supply used as a source for drinking water.

  • Relevance to global and regional processes

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly, set ambitious objectives to be achieved within 15 years. Attaining these objectives will require significant efforts both at national and international level. While the SDGs represent global ambitions, countries are expected to set national goals and targets that correspond with and contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. In this respect, the Protocol on Water and Health has a key role to play in promoting and operationalizing the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in national and regional contexts. The Protocol’s planning and accountability approach – through baseline analysis, target setting and reporting – offers a practical framework for Parties to translate the aspirations of the 2030 Agenda into specific national targets and actions.

  • Institutional arrangements
  • Development of baseline analysis and prioritization of issues
  • Definition of draft targets
  • Financial and economic matters related to the setting of targets
  • Public involvement in the process of setting targets
  • Official adoption of the targets set
  • Publication and promotion of targets
  • Developing programmes of measures and action plans to implement the targets set
  • Increasing political awareness, communication and promotion
  • Review and assessment of progress and reporting
  • Review and revision of targets
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