Tag Archives: Global Framework for Action on Sanitation and Water

New Sanitation and Water for All web site launched

Sanitation and Water for All is a global partnership aimed at achieving universal and sustainable access to sanitation and drinking-water for all, by firmly placing sanitation and water on the global agenda with an immediate focus on achieving the MDGs in the most off-track countries.

After being temporarily hosted on the UN-Water site, Sanitation and Water for All has now launched its own dedicated web site at: www.sanitationandwaterforall.org

On the site you will find information and key documents on the Partnership, Governance and the High Level Meeting held in April 2010.

A partnership application form can be downloaded from the new site. Eligible partners are: Developing Country Governments; Donors; Multilateral Agencies; Development Banks; Civil Society Networks; and Other Sector Partners. Individuals, for-profit organizations and Middle Income countries which are not off-track to meet the MDGs are not eligible to be Sanitation and Water for All partners.

High Level Meeting of Sanitation and Water for All targets finance ministers

The first High Level Meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All global partnership is targeting Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Development Cooperation. They are considered to have the most influence when it comes to securing the investments needed for “Getting on-track for the sanitation and water MDG targets”, the focus for the meeting to be held on 23 April 2010 in Washington, DC, USA.

Sanitation and Water for All is a joint initiative launched by the UK and the Netherlands in September 2008, which now involves 17 other donors, multi-lateral agencies, civil society and other development partners. The initiative allocates £5 million (6 million Euros) over five years to an annual report and high level meeting focused on reviewing progress. A further joint Dutch-UK commitment was made of £85 million (100 million Euros) over the same period to help up to 20 poor countries develop and implement their own national water and sanitation plans.

The 2010 High Level Meeting will take place just before the weekend 2010 World Bank Spring Meetings which are attended by Ministers of Finance and Ministers for Development Cooperation. UNICEF will host the first High Level Meeting.

One of the expected outcomes of the meeting will be a greater understanding of the linkages between water, sanitation and economic growth. To support this outcome, economic case study reports for sanitation and drinking water have been prepared for 19 countries, 14 from Africa and 5 from Asia.

Another expected outcome is the “identification of specific steps countries can take to advance access to, and mobilize resources for, increasing access to safe water and sanitation – particularly countries with greatest needs; including the development of technical assistance tools to provide support for the development and implementation of national water and sanitation plans/strategies”.

More information on the High Level Meeting and on the Sanitation and Water for All initiative’s Global Framework for Action can be found on the web site of UN-Water.

Join the World’s Longest Toilet Queue on World Water Day 2009

The World’s Longest Toilet Queue is a mass mobilisation event and Guinness World Record attempt bringing together thousands of campaigners on World Water Day, 22 March 2010.

The campaigners are demanding that governments act to solve the global sanitation and water crisis, one month before the first High-Level Meeting on Sanitation and Water in Washington DC on 22 April 2010. The meeting is being held as part of the Global Framework for Action on Sanitation and Water – an international platform recently established to turn political commitments into action.

This global campaign event is organised by End Water Poverty, the Freshwater Action Network (FAN) and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

For more information, campaign resource and to sign up to the event go to the World’s Longest Toilet Queue web site.