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Target setting and reporting

The present area of work aims at improving governance for water and health in Parties to the Protocol and other States through reinforcing the implementation of the core provisions of the Protocol on target setting and reporting under articles 6 and 7.

Activities in this area of work are supported by the Task Force on Target Setting and Reporting, led by Romania and Switzerland, with the objective of:

·         Supporting setting targets and target dates in accordance with article 6 and establishing action plans and implementing measures towards the achievement of the targets set, including by fostering the implementation of the Guidelines on the Setting of Targets, Evaluation of Progress and Reporting and promoting the use of the Collection of good practices and lessons learned on target setting and reporting under the Protocol on Water and Health

·         Promoting networking on regional and subregional levels to exchange experiences and good practices, address common challenges and assess the benefits of implementing the Protocol

·         Increasing awareness of the importance of public participation in implementing the Protocol, including by promoting understanding and use of the Guide to Public Participation under the Protocol on Water and Health

·         Ensuring coordination with activities under other areas of the programme of work to facilitate the translation of their findings and recommendations into possible targets and measures

·         Supporting Parties and other States in translating the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda and other global and regional commitments into national targets and action

·         Providing assistance in strengthening the reporting capacity of Parties and other States, including through aligning the reporting under the Protocol with the 2030 Agenda reporting process.

The target areas under article 6 of the Protocol are linked to all SDG targets relevant to water, sanitation and health. This programme area will support the attainment of the objectives of the 2030 Agenda at pan-European level, including the identification of national priorities and the establishment of national road maps to fulfil these commitments.

Reporting under the Protocol in accordance with its article 7

The fourth reporting cycle

The fourth reporting cycle under the Protocol on Water and Health took place in the first half of 2019. The results of the reporting exercise will be reviewed at the 5th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (Belgrade, 19-21 November 2019).

The third reporting cycle

The third reporting cycle was held in 2015/2016. At its fourth session (Geneva, 14-16 November 2016), the Meeting of the Parties evaluated progress in implementing the Protocol on the basis of the summary reports provided by Parties. Reports reveal enhanced implementation of the Protocol, with a growing number of countries reporting on implementing or having reached some of their targets. Intersectoral coordination at national and subnational levels is at place in the majority of countries. Countries increasingly start to focus on capacity building as well as on infrastructure development which requires significant investment. Useful approaches such as developing action plans to implement the targets set and using country surveys for GLAAS for baseline analysis under the Protocol are reported.

The second reporting cycle

The second reporting cycle was held in 2012/2013. The third session of the Meeting of the Parties, that took place on the 25-27 November 2013, evaluated progress in implementing the Protocol on the basis of the summary reports provided by Parties. The outcomes of the reporting cycle demonstrated increased compliance with the guidelines and template for summary reports and improved overall quality of submitted reports as compared with the pilot reporting exercise conducted in 2009−2010.

The first reporting cycle

The first reporting cycle conducted under the Protocol in 2009/2010 demonstrated that remarkable progress has been done by Parties and substantial experience is available. At the same time several challenges remained, in particular related to difficulties with cross-sectoral cooperation and coordination of activities among different authorities responsible for management of water resources, water supply, sanitation and health; as well as prioritization of activities, and involvement of the public in the implementation of the Protocol.