Hygiene is missing from an important United Nations document on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be submitted to the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.
Several organisations including End Water Poverty, WaterAid, Practical Action and Helvetas have written to the Open Working Group on SDGs saying they regret that hygiene was left out of the Group’s Focus areas document.
The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) is calling on its supporters to advocate for the inclusion of hygiene alongside water and sanitation in the SDGs in the Open Working Group consultations before the closing date of 14 March 2014. Similarly, the PPPHW is requesting support for hygiene in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) consultation, which also ends on 14 March.
The PPPHW offers talking points to advocate for hygiene in the SDGs, such as:
The word “hygiene” means different things to different people. In the post-2015 WASH proposal, hygiene focuses on handwashing promotion, including access to a designated place for handwashing with soap and water, and menstrual hygiene management or the presence of gender-segregated sanitation facilities in schools and health centers with access to soap and water and a place for safe disposal of menstrual hygiene materials
More information: PPPHW Soapbox – Handwashing Advocacy Edition