Armenia

Developing SDG-6 implementation strategy and monitoring mechanism

Goal

The overall goal is to create an enabling environment for the Government of Armenia to promote and implement the country’s commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the project framework, Armenia is expected to develop a dedicated country strategy for SDG 6 target implementation as well as create long-lasting, efficient mechanisms for implementation monitoring of SDG 6 targets.

The Government of Armenia is committed to enhancing water sector reforms by bringing together public and private sector efforts aimed to improve services and eliminate the disparities of water availability and affordability between rural and urban regions.

The RA Government Program 2019-2023 clearly outlines all the programs and initiatives that will support the Government’s strategy in the water sector, including river basin planning, irrigation, drinking water supply and wastewater removal and treatment.

However, Armenia does not have a clear strategy and set of measures with a timeline for SDG 6 implementation (the process of SDG nationalization as a whole is not finalized); nor a capacity gap and needs assessment of major institutions responsible for the different aspects of water management.

The country needs to set a baseline and multi-stakeholder platform for the nationalization of SDG 6, and create an enabling environment to re-orient ongoing policy processes and measures towards SDG targets.

The project aims to strengthen coordination between state water institutions responsible for the implementation of SDG 6 targets through the establishment of an intergovernmental working group dedicated to water-related issues. An SDG 6 Implementation Gap Analyses Report, as well as comprehensive legal review, will be implemented. The strategy will take into account an inclusive and gender-sensitive approach.

The project aims to achieve the following:

  • Identifying priorities and opportunities and addressing gaps and constraints in water governance by developing a national SDG 6 implementation strategy and road map.
  • Program of measures with exact timeline of implementation.
  • A follow-up program with templates of pilot projects,
  • Training needs assessment for all water responsible agencies.
  • Enhanced coordination between responsible state water institutions when it comes to the implementation of SDG 6 targets.

Progress

A working group will finalize a program of measures with an exact timeline covering technical and legal aspects for water subsector improvements at the end of February 2021, and it will be circulated to the relevant bodies and submitted for governmental approval in 2021

Role of CSO
The Country Water Partnership scientific ecological NGO (CWP NGO) was established in 2005 as a Global Water Partnership (GWP) representative in Armenia and as a network of organizations, which joins water-related state authorities and agencies, water users’ associations, water management private service agencies, private consultants, and social and educational organizations.

CWP is responsible for the project’s implementation. It has played an active role (with support from the GWP) in SDG 6 monitoring implementation methodology adoption as well as cooperating with the RA Government in all aspects of SDG 6.

Contact

Lotten Hubendick

Programme Officer, water governance
lotten.hubendick@siwi.org