Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.5.1 on IWRM

Welcome to the SDG Indicator 6.5.1 IWRM monitoring and reporting page. Below you can find all the most relevant information about monitoring of the SDG indicator 6.5.1 on the degree of implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

Status of SDG Indicator 6.5.1 global baseline data collection

Status of data collection

The sole purpose of the map is to demonstrate the status of data collection on SDG Indicator 6.5.1. The depiction and use of boundaries, geographic names and related data shown on the map and included in lists, tables, documents, and databases on this web site are not warranted to be error free nor do they necessarily imply official endorsement or acceptance by the UN Environment.

SDG 6 Indicator 6.5.1 global baseline reporting results

The data collection for SDG 6 Indicator 6.5.1 on the Degree of implementation of IWRM has completed. Over the course of 2017 and 2018, a total of 172 countries submitted their assessments on the status of implementation of IWRM.

The assessment provides a wealth of data and a comprehensive global picture on the progress of IWRM implementation in countries. It will serve as a baseline for continued tracking of progress towards 2030 Agenda and future global IWRM implementation assessments.

Download full assessment report and Executive Summaries from links below:

Progress on integrated water resources management. Global baseline for SDG 6 Indicator 6.5.1: degree of IWRM implementation (Full report in English)

Executive Summaries:

Download full database of the SDG 6.5.1 indicator baseline global assessment results here.

To download individual country submissions, please go to the Country Database page.

SDG Indicator 6.5.1

The IWRM Focal Point in each country is responsible for collecting national information and submitting the final completed questionnaire to UN Environment for formal submission.

Download Country Questionnaire:

Spanish (Español)
Arabic (العربية)
French (Français)
Chinese (中文)
Russian (русский язык)

This Monitoring Methodology provides a guide for national governments to monitor the status of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), target 6.5 under Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation (SDG 6). It is based on a self-assessment questionnaire to be completed every three years.

Download the Step-by-Step Monitoring Methodology:

Spanish (Español)
Arabic (العربية)
French (Français)
Chinese (中文)
Russian (русский язык)

To get a quick overview of the questions included in each section of the questionnaire, download SDG Indicator 6.5.1 Questionnaire Overview.

For questions and support regarding national IWRM data collection and reporting, contact UN Environment - DHI at

Country Factsheets – Pilot

These factsheets are primarily based on information from national reporting on SDG6 targets, combined with other publicly available sources. The main purpose of the factsheets is to provide countries with a quick overview of their status, and help support a dialogue on challenges and opportunities to make greater progress.

Pilot factsheets are available for following countries:
The intention is to make these type of factsheets for a select number of countries who may benefit the most from this kind of material. The development of these factsheets is still a work in progress. Comments and suggestions to the content and how they can be improved are most welcome, and can be sent to Gareth James Lloyd (

Dedicated Sustainable Development Goal for Water

In 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda, setting 17 sustainable development goals and targets, including a dedicated goal on water and sanitation SDG 6 - ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The SDG 6 includes 8 targets and associated 11 indicators.
Goal 6 targets include following:

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
6a 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
6b Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management

Monitoring Integrated Water Resources Management under SDG 6

UN Environment is supporting countries in monitoring and reporting on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, including target 6.5: “By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate”. This is being done as part of the GEMI initiative, coordinated by UN-Water, for monitoring and reporting of SDG targets 6.3 - 6.6, 6a and 6b. Support is provided in close collaboration with a number of UN-Water members and partners. The target supports the equitable and efficient use of water resources, which is essential for social and economic development, as well as environmental sustainability.

Indicator 6.5.1 is Degree of integrated water resources management implementation (0 – 100). Full description on methodology for assessment of indicator 6.5.1, which provides additional guidance on completing the questionnaire, data collection, management and use, can be found in the document “Step-by-step Monitoring Methodology for Indicator 6.5.1” (link).

The indicator score calculated using the responses to this questionnaire represents the current degree of IWRM implementation, on a scale from 0 to 100. The process of completing the questionnaire, including national multi-stakeholder workshops, supports countries in identifying barriers or delays to further progress, thereby providing a starting point for considering possible correcting actions towards achieving the IWRM target.

Information webinars

Technical information webinars were held in May 2017 to support countries with data collection and submission. The PowerPoint presentations and video recordings of the webinars for each language can be downloaded using the links below. If you have any questions, please email

Language Date Regions and countries Time zones Time Material
English (E1) Tuesday,
May 16
Europe and Africa UTC 0 to UTC +3,
Accra to Nairobi
14:00 CEST PowerPoint
Video Recording
English (E2) Thursday,
May 18
Asia and Oceania UTC +5 to UTC +12,
Islamabad to Wellington
14:00 Bangkok PowerPoint
Video Recording
English (E3) Friday,
May 19
Americas and Caribbean UTC -8 to UTC -4,
Los Angeles to Barbados
10:00 Washington DC / Bridgetown PowerPoint
Video Recording
Arabic (العربية) Tuesday,
May 23
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) UTC 0 to UTC +4,
Rabat to Tehran
13:00 Cairo (& CEST) PowerPoint
Video Recording
French (Français) Thursday,
May 25
Europe and Africa UTC 0 to UTC +4,
Dakar to Saint Denis
13:00 Kinshasa PowerPoint
Video Recording
Spanish (Español) Friday,
May 26
Latin America, Spain and Lusophone UTC -6 to UTC +1,
Mexico City to Madrid
09:00 Mexico City PowerPoint
Video Recording
Chinese (中文) Tuesday,
June 1
China UTC +8,
10:00 Beijing PowerPoint
Video Recording
Russian (русский язык) Wednesday,
May 31
Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) UTC +3,
12:00 Moscow PowerPoint
Video Recording

Technical guidance for the webinars is available here.