SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework – “beyond business as usual” approach


Sustainable water resources are essential to human health, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. This vital resource is under threat, making it crucial to address the challenges related to water, sanitation and hygiene for populations and water-related ecosystems. Currently, more than 2 billion people are affected by water stress, which will only increase with population growth and the effects of climate change. Achieving universal access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene and ensuring that services are safely managed remain major challenges, and meeting them are crucial to further progress in health, education and poverty eradication.


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The SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework is a unifying initiative that aims to deliver fast results, at an increased scale, towards the goal of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.  The Framework will contribute to the new Water Action Agenda, a mandated outcome of the UN 2023 Water Conference that was held in March 2023.

Business as usual will not achieve SDG 6. The existing and future water-related challenges we face require the rapid development and deployment of innovative and transformative ideas.

Launched in 2020, as a part of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs by 2030, the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework mobilizes UN agencies, governments, civil society, private sector, and other stakeholders around five cross-cutting and interdependent ‘accelerators’:

  1. Financing – Optimized financing is essential to get resources behind country plans.
  2. Data and information – Data and information targets resources and measures progress.
  3. Capacity development – A better-skilled workforce improves service levels and increases job creation and retention in the water sector.
  4. Innovation – New, smart practices and technologies will improve water and sanitation resources management and service delivery.
  5. Governance – Collaboration across boundaries and sectors will make SDG 6 everyone’s business.


Strategic Acceleration towards the SDGs for Africa is Necessary

AfriALUMNi members are positioned to work in collaboration with Strategic Partner organisations, Governments, IGOs and NGOs, civil society, businesses and academic institutions in achieving Africa’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our networks would build upon Africa’s successes by bringing together people, ideas, and innovation in Strategic Alliances to Accelerate our reach to a more sustainable future.

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