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Water and UN development goals: from MDGs to SDGs

Safe Water Strategy

Which key documents describe the history of UN development goals for water, from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Safe Water Strategy

Development Goals and MDGs

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United Nations, 1970. Second United Nations Development Decade 1971-1980. Resolution A/RES/2626. Available at: <> Quote: “Each developing country will endeavour to provide an adequate supply of potable water to a specified proportion of its population, both urban and rural, with a view to reaching a minimum target by the end of the Decade”. This is one of the earliest references to a UN development for water.

Biswas, A.K., 2010. Water for a thirsty urban world. In: Brown journal of world affairs, vol. 17, no. 1, p. 147-162 : 1 fig., 2 tab. Available at: <>

Bostoen, K. and Luyendijk, R., 2013. Global monitoring’s forgotten history. Presentation at IRC Symposium Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery, 9-11 April 2013, Addis Adaba. Available at: <Google doc link>

Jolly, R, 2003. Global goals : the UN experience : background paper Human Development Report 2003. (UNDP Human Development Report Office. Occasional paper). New York, NY, USA: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Available at: <>

Mount, D.C. and Bielak, A.T., 2011. Deep words, shallow words : an initial analysis of water discourse in four decades of UN Declarations : a UNU-INWEH contribution to Rio+20. [online] Hamilton, ON, Canada: United Nations University, International Network on Water, Environment and Health, UNU-INWEH. Available at: <>

WHO and UN-Water, 2012. UN-Water global annual assessment of sanitation and drinking-water (GLAAS) 2012 report : the challenge of extending and sustaining services. (UN-water global annual assessment of sanitation and drinking-water (GLAAS) report; 2012). [online] Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization (WHO). Available at: <>

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation, 2013. Progress on sanitation and drinking-water : 2013 update. [online] Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization (WHO), New York, NY, USA: UNICEF. Available at: <>

Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

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UN System Technical Support Team, 2013. TST issues brief - water and sanitation. New York, NY, USA: United Nations. Available at: <>

Beyond 2015, 2013. Global thematic consultation on water and the post-2015 development framework : water in the post-2015 development agenda. Brussels, Belgium : Beyond 2015, Concord . Available at: < >

Luyendijk, R. and Allély-Fermé, D., 2013. Next generation of ... (more)