Land & Water

Second Workshop on Development Impact and SDGs: Water investments in the context of the SDG framework

Dates: 9-10 December, 2019

Venue: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy


In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aimed at improving life for all in every field of human activity, leaving no-one behind. Strengthening the collaboration among countries, United Nations (UN) agencies and DFIs is of paramount importance to mobilize the resources needed to achieve the SDGs and realize the ambitions of UN member countries reflected in the 2030 Agenda. To this end, FAO and NDB have established a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to drive progress on achieving the institutions’ shared objectives of growth and development, particularly on their respective activities related to water, land and agriculture in support of the 2030 Agenda. 

In February 2019, NDB and FAO co-hosted the first Workshop on Development Impact and SDGs at NDB’s Headquarters in Shanghai, which explored SDG alignment in the context of SDG 6 and brought together government representatives from BRICS countries, specialized UN agencies and programmes, DFIs, think-tanks and sector experts. The discussions revealed different perspectives among the participants on how to address water challenges and deliver interventions that go beyond business-as-usual. The second workshop will seek to build on these learnings and address practically how to design and implement such interventions across the project cycle through effective partnerships in the spirit of SDG 17, and drive progress on achieving the targets of SDGs 6 and 2.