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A healthy link: The Protocol on Water and Health and the Sustainable Development Goals

Water, sanitation and health are at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 1999 Protocol on Water and Health is a powerful tool to promote and operationalize the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. With its strong integrated and intersectoral approach, its focus on prevention and on the whole water cycle and its attention to safety and equity aspects, the Protocol’s provisions and principles fully align with SDG 6 “clean water and sanitation”, SDG 3 “good health and well-being” and other water, sanitation and health related targets.

The Protocol’s planning and accountability approach offers a practical framework for Parties to translate the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda into specific national targets and action addressing the key underlying challenges of the sustainable development such as weak governance, intersectoral cooperation and capacity.

The present brochure provides an insight on the linkages between the Protocol and the 2030 Agenda and outlines how the Protocol mechanisms and tools can support countries in achieving the water, sanitation and health related SDGs.
Download the brochure in English and Russian.