SDGs Within the Water Sector

Monitoring Methodologies for Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Effectiveness, 

Pilot Testing & Validation Workshop for SDG Target 6.3

March 22–23, 2017 - At Kempinski Amman Hotel

Co-organized by

Background

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 6.3 explicitly encourages the use of wastewater. For the effective monitoring of such global goals, political buy-in by member states is crucial Moreover, data gathering for monitoring purposes must incorporate both biophysical, as well as institutional and socioeconomic dimensions of wastewater use. UN-Habitat as the co-custodian of 6.3 has received requests from several members states to provide guidance on recycling and reuse strategies for wastewater. The SDGs emphasise the need for robust data and bottom-up approaches to monitoring that recognizes interconnections between a range of sectors and environmental resources. This is aligned with the Nexus Approach, which encourages the reuse of environmental resources, considering the interconnections between water, soil, and waste. Applying a Nexus Approach, the UNU-FLORES Nexus Observatory initiative responds to the needs of the UN and its Member States by encouraging political buy-in while also building capacity for data gathering that is holistic and responds to needs of decision makers at global, regional, and national levels.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed between UN-Habitat and UNU-FLORES aims to develop, test, and validate a monitoring methodology for SDG target 6.3. In May 2016 a regional consultation in Asia, supported by the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam Ministry of Construction also resolved to develop such a methodology. UNU-FLORES and UN-Habitat have since worked closely to develop a prototype monitoring methodology that benefitted from consultations with the Ministry of Environment and Bogor Agriculture University in Indonesia– the Wastewater Reuse Effectiveness Index (WREI). Preliminary discussions between UNU-FLORES and the State Secretariat of Sanitation and Water Resources of Sao Paulo, Brazil indicate support for pilot testing this methodology for monitoring SDG target 6.3.

In attendance at the Workshop are members of the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), in addition to representatives from Brazil and Indonesia who are participating as observer countries.  Participants from UN Member States and utility companies participating in the workshop in Amman will receive guidance on indicators and approaches to monitoring that include institutional and socioeconomic aspects of wastewater planning and management. Regional and international cooperation focussed on building capacity for monitoring of SDG target 6.3 will be outlined in the form of a workshop communique. 

Workshop Objectives

 

 

 

 

Location and Venue

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This stunning conference center is uniquely located at the lowest point on earth on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan.
The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar is situated among famous attractions such as Mount Nebo, the Baptism site, Madaba and the Mujib Nature Reserve.

Venue

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

This 5 star luxury hotel is situated on the edge of the famous salt lake - the lowest point on earth - and provides uninterrupted views across the vast sea towards the west bank and access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, including religious sites and majestic countryside.

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