Data for Now Initiative: Strengthening the measurement of SDG 6 in Paraguay

October 30, 2020

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development establishes a transformative guide towards economic, social, and environmental sustainability for the Member States that signed up the agreement in 2015 (CEPAL, 2018). The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are part of the Agenda outline the way forward for the next 10 years to promote prosperity, natural environment conservation, and eradication of poverty in all countries. They are a tool to measure the progress of countries and a means to formulate public policies focused on the most vulnerable groups in an inclusive and distributive manner to achieve sustainable development.

When analyzing the data and information available to measure the SDGs, some challenges are identified: Outdated data, and the lack of inclusion of a significant portion of the most vulnerable population. This scenario makes it difficult to know exactly whether public policies are having an impact on the achievement of the SDGs.

This document presents the challenges that Paraguay faces in measuring SDG 6, as it becomes evident that institutional disarticulation prevails. It also includes a series of suggestions to advance towards the consolidation of the country’s water information system.

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