SDG 6: To guarantee the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation

SDG 6: To guarantee the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation
2019. Spanish cooperation project to improve the coverage and management of water and sanitary services in indigenous communities of Guatemala. San Pedro Sacatepéquez, Departamento de San Marcos (Guatemala) © FCAS de la AECID

SDG 6: To guarantee the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation

The 6th SDG of the UN’s Agenda 2030 is to “guarantee the availability and sustainable management of water for everyone” by meeting eight specific goals. The picture comes from a project for building a deep well, and the installation of pumping equipment to supply drinking water to over 200 families in el Caserío Nueva Linda and Las Piedrecitas, Aldea Santa Teresa, San Pedro Sacatepéquez, Departamento de San Marcos (Guatemala). Here we see the moment when a group of women of the mam ethnic group come to the temporary water spout during practice pumping. The weight of water management in the indigenous rural world is always carried by women.

Achieving the 8 objectives of SDG 6 means the involvement of an organised, civil society, able to demand authorities and governments which are accountable, investment in research and development of water resources, improved services and support for poorer and developing countries so as to improve access to water and sanitation. Without forgetting the inclusion of women –the protagonists in the photo- in management of water services, hydro-sanitary education for their children, and the inclusion in the governance of water resources of indigenous people, from respect for their own cultural vision of water.