SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme activities

Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Key words:

SDG, IWRM, Country support


The Support Programme assists governments in designing and implementing country-led responses to SDG indicator 6.5.1—the degree of implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)—as an entry point to accelerate progress towards the achievement of water-related SDGs and other development goals. It does so in three stages: Stage 1 - Identifying challenges: Strengthening SDG 6.5 national monitoring and reporting frameworks to identify critical areas for attention. Stage 2 - Formulating responses: Assisting countries in formulating appropriate responses to water resources management challenges. Stage 3 - Implementing solutions: Supporting countries in implementing solutions aimed at achieving SDG 6.5.


Name of Focal Point

Valentin Aich

Email of Focal Point
Human Rights-Based Water Monitoring to Improve Resilience to Climate Events



Activity Outcomes

To improve the degree of implementation of IWRM globally to at least 90% by 2030. The SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme aims to do that through the following: 1. Supporting the development and implementation of regional IWRM agendas and work plans, in line with Regional Economic Commissions and development banks 2. Initiating or supporting efforts to advance on specific water-related themes and crosscutting issues through an IWRM approach (food security, gender mainstreaming, private sector engagement, youth empowerment, data collection, funding matchmaking, etc.), across multiple geographies 3. Assist countries in defining and implementing multi-stakeholder national IWRM Action Plans, which articulate water resources management with countries’ climate change planning and post-COVID recovery (among others), thus increasing resources efficiency and impact.

Estimated Activity Milestones

Publication of the global baseline for SDG 6.5.1 in 2018; updating the baseline with the second global report in 2021; working towards the SDG target by 2030, with progress reports every 3-4 years

Current Partners

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Desired Key Capabilities of New Partners

Outreach and communications, Monitoring, Funding, Stakeholder networks
Political networks
Matthias Berninger, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Bayer

Matthias Berninger

Matthias Berninger (born 1971) is a former German politician and member of The Greens from 1993 until 2007.
From 2001 to 2005, Berninger served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection under minister Renate Künast in the second cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. After leaving the government, he was his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on economic policy from 2005 until 2007.
Since 2019, Berninger has been serving as head of public and government affairs at Bayer.