The study, being undertaken jointly by the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment & Health (UNU-INWEH), will inform the work already initiated by the UN Task Team on post-2015 development agenda, as well as the intergovernmental process for establishing the SDGs. It will also serve to support the team at UN-Water, which is working on developing specific targets for the SDGs pertaining to water.

In close collaboration with UNU-INWEH, SEI will undertake a situation analysis, define the scope of SDGs on water, develop a framework for analysis and prepare the report based on inputs and analyses from UNU-INWEH, UNOSD, participants of expert consultations, and own contributions and analysis.