SDG Indicator 6.3.2 Global Data Drive 2020 update

31 Jul 2020

The SDG indicator 6.3.2. data drive 2020 is gaining momentum. Submissions are already coming in, and countries are contacting us regularly to clarify how best to report.

If you are unfamiliar with this indicator, countries are asked to report on two levels. Level 1, uses a water quality index that combines five core parameter groups which are relevant globally. Whereas Level 2 reporting gives countries the flexibility to use data that are not captured in this simple global indicator that may be nationally or regionally relevant. For example, they may use data on water quality parameters related to economic activities such as mining or industry, or related to parameters from geogenic sources such as fluoride or arsenic that are not globally relevant. Furthermore, countries can incorporate data from alternative methods of water quality assessment such as biological methods, Earth observation techniques or Citizen scientist monitoring programmes.


More detail of the indicator methodology can be found here. We have a well-populated Support Platform which includes plenty of information on how to report as well as technical guidance documents for:

  • monitoring programme design,
  • the target value concept,
  • monitoring and reporting on groundwater, and a
  • Level 2 monitoring document.

These documents are available in all six official UN languages; Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish!


If you want a synopsis of each document there are summary presentations on each in English, French and Spanish.


Below is a glimpse of the wide range of documents and presentations available to you on this platform.



If you have any questions our Frequently Asked Questions section may be of use.


We are very pleased with the momentum building during this data drive. Thank you to those who have already reported, and to those preparing their reports. This SDG indicator aims to help all Member States to monitor the quality of their freshwaters using the data they have available, and provides information that can feed into management action and policy change. This indicator is a key piece of the puzzle if Target 6.3 and Goal 6 (Clean water and sanitation for all) are to be achieved. We welcome each and every country’s involvement! If you have any queries about reporting for SDG 6.3.2, please don’t hesitate to contact the Helpdesk at



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