SuSanA thematic discussion: Sustainable Development Goals – enough to end the sanitation crisis?


The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), in partnership with End Water Poverty, is holding a 2 week thematic discussion on exploring whether the new SDG indicators on sanitation will address the gaps left by the MDGs and what the SDGs can do differently to ensure those most in need have their human right to water and sanitation realised.

Running for two weeks from Tuesday 1 September to Monday 14 September on the SuSanA online discussion forum, the discussion will look at a number of key issues relating to sanitation in the SDGs and within the post-2015 development agenda. Join us to post your questions, debate with lead experts in the field, and provide your insights and knowledge on the following issues:

  • Theme I – SDG indicators: The MDGs did not succeed in ensuring everyone has access to safe sanitation – will the new SDG indicators on sanitation increase progress to ensure that everyone has their right to water and sanitation realised?
  • Theme 2 – Prioritising those most in need: How do we ensure that the SDGs prioritise, and monitor progress, for those most in need of safe sanitation? How do we ensure that they realise the human right to water and sanitation?
  • Theme 3 – Civil society’s role in monitoring: How can civil society contribute to the monitoring of the goals and targets? What will our role need to be to ensure improvements for all?
  • Theme 4 – Safe versus basic sanitation: What is the difference between ‘basic’ and ‘safe’ sanitation? Why is this important? How do we ensure that we reach those most in need?

Leading the discussions, experts from the sector participating include amongst others:

  • Ramisetty Murali, Convenor: Freshwater Action Network- South Asia (FANSA)
  • Louisa Gosling, Programme Manager for Principles: WaterAid
  • Graham Alabaster, Programme Manager: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
  • Rose Osinde Alabaster, Operations Desk Officer: WaterLex
  • Eddy Perez:  Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at Emory University  (Former Lead Sanitation Specialist, Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank)
  • Tim Brewer, Policy Analyst: WaterAid
  • Martin Gambrill: Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist, Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank
  • Hanna Woodburn: Global Public Private Partnership for Handwashing

On the SuSanA Forum, regular summaries of the discussion will be posted. A summary report of each topic, along with an overview synthesis of all issues from the discussion, will be available in late September on the End Water Poverty and SuSanA Forum Websites.

To view the discussion and post, visit:

If you have any questions, please post on the forum itself, or contact us directly at and

We look forward to hearing your contributions on this upcoming discussion!

Susana EWP

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