Sanitation is High Level Panel priority

Date: 3rd June 2013

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 Universal access to water and sanitation are considered priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, according to a recent report from a High Level Panel of world leaders.

The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP) was established by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron. It’s report, issued on 30 May 2013, is titled “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development”.

The panel presented a list of indicative goals and targets. Achieving universal access to water and sanitation was one of the 16 goals suggested, on a par with ending poverty, providing quality education and lifelong learning, and ensuring healthy lives.

 Among the four targets proposed, the panel suggested:

  • Providing universal access to safe drinking water at home, and in schools, health centers, and refugee camps; and
  • Ending open defecation and ensuring universal access to sanitation at school and work, and increase access to sanitation at home by x%.

These targets closely align with the recommendations arising from the expert consultation to determine WASH targets and indicators that was led by the UNICEF and World Health Organization Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). WSSCC participated in the technical consultation and is leading a working group charged with communicating the recommendations and advocating for their incorporation in the post-2015 agenda. The HLP report also calls for disaggregation of data and argues that targets will only be considered “achieved” if they are met for all relevant income and social groups. This is also consistent with the recommendations of the WASH expert group.

The High Level Panel report can be found here.

More information about the WASH targets and indicators developed through the JMP-led expert consultations can be found here.

 

 

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