South Asian ministers have vowed to tackle the “biggest sanitation challenge in the world”. In the Colombo Declaration released on 7 April 2011 at the 4th South Asia Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN IV), they promise to set up a national body in each country to “coordinate sanitation and hygiene, involving all stakeholders”. The aim of these bodies would be to enable access to sanitation to the 700 million south Asians who still defecate in the open.
In addition governments would “develop time-bound plans and to allocate and mobilise resources for delivering on all the previous SACOSAN commitments.”
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