Global Reporting on SDG Indicator 6.5.1

SDG indicator 6.5.1 is the “Degree of integrated water resources management (IWRM) implementation”. It is used to track country progress towards SDG Target 6.5: “By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate”. 

UNEP is the custodian agency for indicator 6.5.1, with UNEP-DHI responsible for supporting countries to monitor and report, including through the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme. 

In the global baseline year of 2017, 172 countries reported an average IWRM implementation of 49/100, with scores ranging from 10 to 100. The main message can be distilled into two words: accelerate progress

The second round of country reporting took place in 2020, with more than 150 countries participating. 

Key outputs: 


The UNEP-DHI Centre is implementing the global reporting exercise for UNEP, in partnership with GWP. The initiative is part of the UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG-6 (IMI-SDG6).

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