[2020] The SDG 6 Policy Support System (SDG-PSS): Facilitating Water-related Sustainable Development for Latin America and the Caribbean

Jueves, 05 March 2020 - 11:00am to Viernes, 06 March 2020 - 7:00am



The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), is organizing a workshop on “The SDG 6 Policy Support System (SDG-PSS): Facilitating Water-related Sustainable Development for Latin America and the Caribbean” in San Jose, Costa Rica from 4-5 March, 2020. The workshop is convened by UNOSD, the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Costa Rica, and the Government of Costa Rica, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea and the Korea Environment Corporation (K-eco). This workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to enhance national capacities by showcasing ways of utilising SDG-PSS as a tool to empower government officials and water experts in designing policies for achieving SDG 6 targets in the region. During the workshop, sessions and discussions will be organized for project champions to present and share their experiences and lessons learned from the first phase of the SDG-PSS. Countries will also explore regional progress on SDG 6, monitoring gaps and interlinkages, trade-offs and co-benefits between SDG 6 and other goals. 

UNOSD is a technical arm of the Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSDG/UN DESA) with the purpose of advancing sustainable development through knowledge management, policy research, and capacity development. This workshop specifically targets government officials and practitioners such as policymakers or implementers involved in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through their daily work, where capacity development for the accelerated implementation of SDG 6 aims to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” is particularly needed.

Water professionals, experts and policymakers from 11 regional countries comprising 53 participants will discuss the SDG-PSS  (available online in multiple languages http://sdgpss.net/en/) and how it can be used to produce critical evidence for advancing SDG 6 and its interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda. Prior to the workshop, participants will take part in an online course designed by the partners to ensure critical and applied thinking during the workshop. Participating institutions include the UN Development Programme, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC), UN-WATER and more.



Concept Note (Updated as of 28 February 2020)

Agenda (ENG), (ESP) (Updated as of 28 February 2020)


Formal Opening 

Moderator: Mr. Adrian Moreira (Ministerio de Planificacion Nacional y Politica Ecomonica)

  • Ms. Haydee Rodrigues Romero (Deputy Minister of Environment of Republic of Costa Rica)
  • Ms. Alice H Shackelford (United Nations Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica)
  • Ms. Eunhae Jeong (Senior Sustainable Development Expers, UNOSD)_Video message
  • Ms, Jiyeon Kang (Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea)_Video message
  • Mr. Valdimir Smakhtin (United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health)


Day 1 (Mar 4, 2020)

Session 1: Global efforts in monitoring SDG 6

Moderator: Mr. Hugo Murilo Castro (MIDEPLAN)



Session 2: Status of SDG 6 achievement in the LAC region

Moderator: Ms. Natalia Meza Ramirez (United Nations Development Programme)



Session 3: Experience and Status of SDG 6 achievement in Costa Rica

Moderator: Ms. Giulia Clerici (International consultant, UNOSD)



Session 4: SDG 6 as a driver for 2030 Agenda

Facilitator: Ms. Sara Castro-Hallgren (UNOSD)_Video presentation; Ms, Giulia Clerici (International consultant, UNOSD); Mr. Guillaume Baggio (UNU-INWEH)


Day 2 (Mar 5, 2020)

Session 5: Using SDG-PSS to support evidence-based policymaking for SDG 6

Moderator: Mr. Manzoor Qadir (UNU-INWEH)



Session 6: Implementation and Use of SDG-PSS in regional hub countries

Moderator: Ms. Karen Araya Varela (UNDP)



Session 7: Feedback on SDG-PSS from participating countries from the region

Moderator: Mr. Vladimir Smakhtin (UNU-INWEH)

  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Chile
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Trinidad and Tobago


Session 8: Building regional cooperation around SDG 6 and SDG-PSS

Moderator: Mr. Manzoor Qadir (UNU-INWEH)


Formal Closing

Moderator: Ms. Giulia Clerici (International Consultant, UNOSD)

  • Ms. Yamileth Astorga (Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts)
  • Mr. Vladimir Smakhtin (UNU-INWEH)



List of Participants (Updated as of 13 March, 2020)



You may find the SDG 6 Policy Support System Workshop pictures here.