The fifth SACOSAN conference –a government-led biennial convention held on a rotational basis in each of the eight countries off South Asia – concluded 24 October in Kathmandu, Nepal, with a call “to an open defecation free South Asia by 2023 and to progressively move towards sustainable environmental sanitation.”
The video draws on the perspectives of those whose voices are often not heard, such as the disabled, children, the elderly, the very poor and other excluded groups to highlight some of the complex factors concerning equitable access to sanitation and hygiene in the region. The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) commissioned this film as part of a related five-country research study conducted by the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA).
The 5th South Asian Conference on Sanitation started the 22nd October 2013 in Kathmandu (Nepal). The intergovernmental meeting brought together more than 400 delegates from Asian and African countries as well as civil society organizations, experts and media groups from the eight South Asian countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
On 19 October, two days before the official start of SACOSAN V, WSSCC and its partner Lumanti, led by its Executive Director Lajana Manandhar, led a "trainer the trainers" session on Menstrual Hygiene Management for some 30 representatives of Nepalese NGOs. The diverse group included 20 women and 10 men from all regions of the country.
The Uganda Sanitation Fund, which is led by the Ministry of Health and financially supported through the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) a programme of the Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), is set to expand its programme through increased financial commitments from the Council. The increase in funding amounts to USD 5 million (UGX 12 billion) over a period of 3 years.
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) – a Geneva-based global organization that is part of the United Nations – is both a long-time partner in sanitation and hygiene work in South Asia and a founding partner of the SACOSAN process. At SACOSAN V, the Council has a multi-faceted engagement and a special focus on equity and inclusion.
Bringing together over 4,500 participants from 149 countries, the Women Deliver conference in May this year was one of the largest ever gatherings of policymakers, advocates and researchers aimed exclusively at women’s health and empowerment.
La mission de l’UNOPS consiste à renforcer la capacité du système des Nations Unies et de ses partenaires à mettre en oeuvre des opérations humanitaires, de consolidation de la paix et de développement qui revêtent de l’importance pour les personnes démunies.
During the opening ceremony of the Budapest Water Summit today, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon put sanitation on the same level as food security and climate change, giving it a prominent role in shaping the post-2015 development agenda.
From 08:00 to 08:50 on 9 October, in conjunction with the Budapest Water Summit 2013, WSSCC and the Governments of The Netherlands and Switzerland will host a special breakfast side event entitled “Behavior Change – Sustainable Investment in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene”.