SDG6 Clean Water and Sanitation

Shifting Towards Water-Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities

Sustainable, livable cities are the way forward for the future of Asia-Pacific. The 2030 Agenda implementation urges to advance urban SDG with other SDGs, related to resilience of water infrastructure to climate change. Water (-Hazard) Resilient (Infrastructure for ) and Sustainable Cities are cities that achieve safe and adequate water supply and sanitation services based on sound water-related ecosystems, high level of water use efficiency, and a greater urban resilience to water-related disasters (here Water-Resilient Cities).

Tracking progress on food and agriculture related SDG indicators 2020: A report on the indicators under FAO custodianship

In September 2019, the High Level Political Forum noted that the world is “on track” to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. This echoed the main finding of the first edition of this report, issued in July 2019, that the world was not going to meet most of the food and agriculture-related SDG targets by 2030.

Opportunities of Linking Environmental Accounting and Digitization through Blockchain

With the water sector moving towards smart city integration, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and the data economy, blockchain technology can provide a future-proof, integrated foundation for water utilities. Currently in IoT systems, all data goes to a single point of security intelligence, which is vulnerable to possible manipulation and hacking.

Transforming Urban–Rural Water Linkages into High-Quality Investments

In river basins throughout the world, rivers connect and pass through urban and rural districts; and groundwater aquifers, which underlie urban and rural areas, are connected to the rivers. Sources of pollution occur in both urban and rural areas: point sources, such as sewer outfalls and industrial discharges, are the main sources in urban areas; while nonpoint sources are generally worse in rural areas, including runoff from agricultural lands and discharges from intensive animal husbandry.

The Politics and Ethics of Water Security in Cape Town

From 2015-2018, the City of Cape Town in South Africa underwent a severe drought resulting in a water crisis. The city set strict water restrictions to avoid what was called “day zero”: the day that six of Cape Town’s rain-fed dams supplying water to the city would become critically low, leading to the shutting of taps and establishment of water collection points across the city.

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