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Water/ocean governance thought leadership, thematic expertise, technical support and policy advocacy promoted and strengthened globally

The UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility (WGF) supports low and middle-income countries in their water reform by providing policy and technical support, developing water governance knowledge, and helping to develop institutional capacity, while also contributing to the international water governance reform agenda. More specifically WGF:
Develop water/ocean governance knowledge and expertise towards transparent, rights-based, and inclusive water resources and services management
Provide water/ocean-related technical advice and support to country offices, regional hubs, and headquarter departments, including for project development, and assist with communications, messaging, and meeting preparations related to water and SDG 6.
Track water/ocean governance-related work of UNDP, in support of reporting, messaging, and cross-programme learning.
Facilitate appropriate UNDP representation at water/ocean-related meetings and conferences, including UN-Water/UN-Oceans interagency collaboration mechanisms, and contribute to cross-UN reports and task forces in the context of UN Reform.
Provide strategic oversight, quality assurance, and support to project management and implementation at national and local levels, including country support through GoAL-Waters and Ocean Innovation Challenge endeavors.

Expected impact

Ultimately the expected impact is to improve the way that water and ocean resources are governed, managed, and used as a means of addressing multidimensional poverty and protecting people and the planet.



Goal 1
1.4 - By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
1.5 - By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
Goal 2
2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
Goal 6
6.1 - By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
6.2 - By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
6.3 - By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
6.4 - By 2030, substantially increase 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
6.5 - By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
6.6 - By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
6.a - By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
6.b - Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Goal 10
10.2 - By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
Goal 14
14.1 - By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
14.2 - By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Goal 16
16.5 - Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
16.6 - Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
16.7 - Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
Financing (in USD)
1,770,000 USD
Basic information
Start: 01 January, 2019
Completion: 31 December, 2023
UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility (Partnership)
UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility (partnership), United Nations Development Programme (United Nations), Stockholm International Water Institute (NGO)
Initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response, prevention and recovery efforts
Geographical coverage
Asia and Pacific
Latin America and the Caribbean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
Support to be provided to other countries through UNDP country offices per demand
Contact information
Birgitta Liss Lymer, Director, WGF, birgitta.liss.lymer@siwi.org, +46720506089
Stockholm, Sweden
United Nations