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Progress on Level of Water Stress – Global baseline for SDG indicator 6.4.2

24 August, 2018

The global indicator on water stress tracks the level of pressure that human activities exert over natural freshwater resources, indicating the environmental sustainability of the use of water resources. A high level of water stress has negative effects on social and economic development, increasing competition and potential conflict among users. This calls for effective supply and demand management policies. Securing environmental flow requirements is essential to maintaining ecosystems healthy, resilient and available for future generations. This indicator addresses the environmental component of the target 6.4. In this report, you can learn more about the baseline situation for water stress. More information and the metrological guidance can be found at:

This report is part of a series that track progress towards the various targets set out in SDG 6 using the SDG global indicators. To learn more about water and sanitation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6, visit the website:


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