The Protocol on Water and Health is a legally binding instrument aimed at achieving an adequate supply of safe drinking water and sanitation for everyone and effectively protecting water resources in the pan-European region. The Protocol provides a sound approach, valuable experience and a successful regional platform to implement the Sustainable Development Goals pertinent to water, sanitation and health. All countries can use and benefit from the tools and methodologies developed under the Protocol, irrespective of whether they are Parties to the Protocol or not.
The main objective of the Practical Guide for Joint Implementation is to provide step-by-step guidance on how to identify, establish and operationalize the links between the Protocol and the 2030 Agenda.
The primary audience of the Guide are government officials from the different sectors; focal points involved in the implementation of the SDGs related to water, sanitation and health; and the national focal points under the Protocol. The Guide also serves as a source of information for other stakeholders, including national decision makers mandated with programming and policy development in water, sanitation, health and other sectors; the United Nations family and other international agencies supporting SDG implementation; water and sanitation service providers; civil society organizations; and the donor community.