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SACOSAN 7: registration closes 15 December


South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN),  a government led biennial convention held on a rotational basis in each SAARC country (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), provides a platform for interaction on sanitation.

SACOSAN VII will be held on 13-17 February 2018 in Pakistan, hosted by Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan.

The deadline for registration is 15 December 2017.

Below is an overview of the theme papers and country leads

Theme papers

Lead country

Sanitation as cross cutting (Health and Nutrition)


Climate Change/Environment and Sanitation


Sociology of Sanitation


Operation, Maintenance and Sustainability of WASH


Policy, Strategy and Sector Planning (institutional arrangements)


Human Resource Development for WASH


Accountability and Regulation

Monitoring and Evaluation

Pakistan or Sri Lanka? [conflicting info on website]

WASH Financing

Sri Lanka or Pakistan? [conflicting info on website]

For more information and updates go to: sacosan.com/

SACOSAN returns to Bangladesh in 2016

7th inter-country working group (ICWG) meeting of SACOSAN, 27 Jan 2015.

7th inter-country working group (ICWG) meeting of SACOSAN, 27 Jan 2015. Photo: Focus Bangla/Financial Express

A Bangladesh government official has disclosed that the 6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN-VI) will be held in Dhaka from 11-13 January 2016. Bangladesh hosted the first edition of SACOSAN in 2003.

Manjur Hossain, a senior secretary of the Local Government Division (LGD) of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives was speaking at the 7th inter-country working group (ICWG) meeting of SACOSAN. The meeting was hosted by LGD from 27-28 January 2015 in Dhaka.

Also at the meeting was Md Akram Al Hossain, coordinator of the SACOSAN-VI secretariat and Joint Secretary, Upazila Branch at LGD.

Official websitehttp://www.sacosanvi.gov.bd/

Related website: SACOSAN-V

Source: 97 percent use hygienic sanitation, Dhaka Tribune, 28 Jan 2015 ; 97pc people brought under sanitation coverage, Financial Express, 28 Jan 2015

CSOs plan SACOSAN III follow-up meeting in November 2009 in Sri Lanka

Civil society organisations (CSOs) will discuss follow-up to the 3rd South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN III) in November in Sri Lanka.

The Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) are organising the meeting from 9-11 November 2009 in Sri Lanka, which will be hosting SACOSAN IV in 2010.

The meeting will review progress made on commitments on sanitation since the Dehli declaration. It will look at ensuring more meaningful and inclusive CSO participation in SACOSAN IV by having CSOs participate at the actual conference itself as well as decide on key demands for the Sri Lankan Government.

Read the concept note.

See also the FANSA page on SACOSAN.

Source: FANSA News

India sets target of 28 toilets a minute

INDIA has to do a big job. More than half a billion citizens don’t have a toilet and the country needs to build 28 new loos every minute over the next four years to meet the Indian Government’s ambitious sanitation target.

One in two Indians, or about 650 million people, now defecate in the open and the untreated waste poses a serious health risk.

Last year India added about 11 million new toilets but the government wants the rate of construction to increase. (…)

The Indian cricket star, Sachin Tendulkar, has been enlisted to help promote hand washing with soap, which can reduce diarrhoeal cases by almost half and acute respiratory illnesses by 30 per cent.

Read all Hawkesbury Gazette

Pakistan ‘to surpass MDGs sanitation target soon’


Federal Minister for Environment Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi has said that Pakistan is not only well on its way towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target for sanitation, but would also surpass it soon.

The minister stated this while addressing the ministerial segment of the third South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN-III) currently underway in New Delhi, India, said a spokesman of the ministry here on Thursday.  (…)

Read all on  the Ministry of Environment web page (click on news)

SACOSAN-III concludes with Delhi Declaration; calls for national priority to sanitation

NEW DELHI, Nov 21 (APP): The weeklong Third South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN-III) concluded here with a unanimous declaration by heads of delegations, calling for national priority to sanitation being basic right of citizens.

“Access to sanitation and safe drinking water is a basic right, and according national priority to sanitation is imperative, says the declaration, urging the governments to ensure a healthy environment with clean air, soil and fresh water resources so that the present and coming generations could enjoy their lives in a better atmosphere.

The document calls for involving all stakeholders at all stages, effective policy making, institutional and fiscal incentives, working in partnership with religious leaders, communities, institutions and local governments and service providers.

Read all Associated Press of Pakistan

India: PM addresses the Third South Asian Conference on Sanitation

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated the Third South Asian Conference on Sanitation in New Delhi today. Following is the text of the Prime Minister’s speech on the occasion:

“I am delighted to be here today at the Third South Asian Conference on Sanitation. This Conference has a very special significance because the year 2008 has been declared as the International Year of Sanitation.

Sanitation has a strong connection not only with personal hygiene but also with human dignity and well-being, public health, nutrition and even education. Mahatma Gandhi had once said “Sanitation is more important than independence”. He made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of living. His dream was total sanitation for all. (…)

Read all Government of India Press Information Bureau

Realted site: SACOSAN III

Third South Asian conference on sanitation to open in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): The Ministry of Rural Development will organise a third South Asian Conference on Sanitation   (SACOSAN-III) here from tomorrow.

The four day long conference will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Besides, the members of different UN and International Agencies, International and National NGOs, State officials, members of Panchayati Raj Institutions, local organizations, self help groups, women groups, community based organizations and the like are expected to participate in the conference. (…)

Read all NewsPostOnline


India trails Pakistan, Bangladesh in sanitation

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) India might be an emerging economic power, but it is way behind Pakistan, Bangladesh and even Afghanistan in providing basic sanitation facilities, a key reason behind the death of 2.1 million children under five in the country.

Lizette Burgers, chief water and environment sanitation of the Unicef, Monday said India is making progress in providing sanitation but it lags behind most of the other countries in South Asia. (…)

Read all SindhToday


Nepal: civil society consultation on SACOSAN

A consultation programme with civil society representatives was organized in […] Narayangadh on September 23, 2008 for the preparation of third South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN). In the programme organized in the coordination of NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation and Freshwater Action Network (FAN) Nepal, the participants have strongly demanded that the government should focus on the common issue of sanitation.

The consultation programme was focused on four major themes including Sanitation and Sustainability, Sanitation and its correlation with development, Future aspects of sanitation and strengthening institutional arrangement for sanitation.


Complaining that the Nepal Government had made many commitments in the previous two SACOSAN conferences held in Dhaka and Islamabad but has not fulfilled them, executive director of NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation Prakash Amatya said, “This consultation programme is organized to raise civil society voices in the third SACOSAN conference to be held in New Delhi in the near future.”

[G]eneral secretary of Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Nepal Indra Tamang told that there should be separate line of budget for sanitation.

Source: NGO Forum, 29 Sep 2008