Delegates attending LatinoSan 2013 have agreed to set up a Latin-American and Caribbean Observatory on Sanitation. The observatory will monitor progress on sanitation in those countries that have signed up to the LatinoSan initiative. Sub-regional and national sanitation scorecards are already available online.
There will also be a Regional Meeting of Ministries of Sanitation every 2 years.
These are two of the commitments written up in the Panama Declaration at the conclusion of the 3rd Latin American and Caribbean Sanitation Conference, LatinoSan 2013. The conference took place in Panama City from 29 to 31 May 2013.
The declaration was signed by government representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sint Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago and Uruguay.
Subregional and country sanitation profiles are available at: www.latinosanpanama2013.info.
Except for Jamaica’s profile, all information is only available in Spanish.
The country profiles include sanitation scorecards with 7 main indicators: access, policy, institutionalization, planning, budget, monitoring and capacities. Each main indicator has several sub-indicators.
The access indicator for example includes sub-indicators for wastewater treatment, sludge management and access in schools and health facilities.