Our approach

At the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]), setting out new development priorities for all countries to end extreme poverty by 2030.

WaterAid, alongside other organisations and civil society groups, had been calling for a globally agreed goal dedicated to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) since 2012. The inclusion of Goal 6, dedicated to sustainable management of water and sanitation, with six targets including universal access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene – and a clear reference to the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation – is a major milestone in ending WASH poverty and transforming lives.

Now the hard work begins to implement the Global Goals and ensure the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda, including universal access to water and sanitation, are made a reality.

To find out more about the Global Goals and the role of WASH as an essential component of an integrated approach to tackling poverty, hunger, health and inequality, explore our Global Goals toolkit >