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The ambition and breadth of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda has been the object of both praise and ridicule. Some have scoffed at the sheer number of initiatives, describing the 17-goal and 169-target plan as the “leave no target behind” agenda. In addition, the global development plan was produced by a range of actors with conflicting agendas and contradictory views. Throughout the process, many civil society groups denounced the economic growth imperative, featured prominently in the SDG agenda, would undermine social justice and human rights related targets, as well as environmental imperatives.
The European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad) has already declared that “we are not on track to meet SDG targets”. However, rather than write off the SDG agenda, groups like Eurodad and Public Services International (PSI) are calling for the ambitious goals of ending poverty and hunger while fighting inequality, protecting the environment and achieving world peace to be met by equally ambitious implementation strategies that root out systemic causes.
This report examines the challenges facing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal on water, SDG 6 and the bold strategies required to overcome them.
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