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Issue 142 April 18, 2014 | Focus on Sanitation and Water for All
High Level Meeting
This issue features the April 2014 Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting (HLM). Major commitments at the HLM included over 260 concrete actions by over 50 countries to strengthen institutions, improve planning, and increase domestic spending and donor investment in water and sanitation. Seventeen countries committed to end open defecation by 2030 or earlier, while over 20 countries went even farther and pledged to achieve universal access to water and sanitation within the same period. Other March and April 2014 WASH sector events and resources featured in this issue are a sanitation webinar, an online course on WASH policy, an update on WASH indicators and a study on geographical inequalities in the use of improved drinking water supply and sanitation across Africa.
April 11, 2014 – Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting. | Meeting webcast | Meeting website with key documents | UNICEF press release |
The meeting was attended by Ministers of Finance from developing country partners, accompanied by their ministers responsible for water, sanitation and hygiene, and by ministers of development cooperation from donor countries, plus senior representatives from development banks, foundations and civil society. At the HLM developing countries, donors and development banks will report on the progress made on commitments tabled at the 2012 HLM and table new and more ambitious commitments for the period up to 2016.
March 24-28, 2014 – WASH for Everyone Everywhere 2014 Conference, Brisbane.(Conference presentations) | (Conference homepage) |
This conference was organized by the WASH Reference Group. The WASH Reference Group is a community of practice of non-governmental organizations and research institutions who are working together to enhance Australian-based sanitation and water initiatives overseas. The conference program included featured speakers from UNICEF, World Bank, the University of North Carolina and others. The conference presentations discussed multiple issues under the sub-themes of equitable access, universal services; achieving health outcomes with WASH; and sustaining services and outcomes.
April 29, 2014 – SuSanA/SEI Webinar on “Adding Missing Links in Sanitation Value Chains” with BMGF Grantees. (Link)
The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), with assistance of a team led by Stockholm Environment Institute, is conducting its 7th webinar with Gates Foundation sanitation grantees. Three grantees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will present their research results.
Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) will soon launch a new initiative to help off-track countries meet their WASH goals. The National Planning for Results Initiative (NPRI) aims to pool donor support to develop in-country planning capacity. SWA announced the initiative during their session on National Sanitation Planning at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseilles. The official launch of the NPRI will take place at the upcoming SWA High Level Meeting in April this year.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf talking with journalist Rose George in April 2011. Photo: Shout-Africa
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is one of three women who were jointly awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Mrs Sirleaf became Africa’s first female elected head of state in 2005, following the end of Liberia’s 14-year civil war which left 250,000 people dead. She shares US$ 1.5 million prize money with Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.
In 2009, Ms Johnson-Sirleaf was appointed as the first Goodwill Ambassador for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa at the 2nd Africa Water Week that took place in Midrand, South Africa.
National stakeholders in Liberia are currently developing the Liberia Compact, under the framework developed by the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) initiative. President Johnson-Sirleaf received the draft compact at the end of a Joint Multi-donor Mission on sanitation and water that took place in Liberia from April 27-May 3, 2011. Ahead of the mission Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf reaffirmed her government’s support to the WASH sector in an interview with journalist Rose George (author of the Big Necessity).
Mrs Sirleaf (72) is standing for re-election next week.
Related web site: Sanitation and Water for All
Source: BBC News, 07 Oct 2011 ; Shout-Africa, 20 Apr 2011 ; WaterAid America, 17 Nov 2009
Two years after its launch, a global initiative aiming for sustainable sanitation and drinking water for all, is set to be formalised. Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) will hold its first Steering Committee meeting at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm on 7 September. The following day there will be an official presentation of Sanitation and Water for All in Stockholm, co-hosted by UNICEF and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).
The Steering Committee will be elected by SWA partner members that have registered before 16 July 2010. SWA partners fall into six constituencies: developing country governments, donors, multilaterals, development banks, international and regional civil society organisations (CSOs) and international sector organisations. SWA co-founder End Water Poverty is the official ‘constituency coordinator’ for civil society representation on the Steering Committee.
The initial focus of SWA is on achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for water and sanitation in the most off-track countries. In April 2010, SWA hosted its first annual High Level Meeting (HLM) in Washington DC. At the meeting, Finance and Water Sector Ministers from 18 countries met with representatives of donors, UN agencies and civil society.
The IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre has contributed to the development of the SWA as a member of the Interim Core Group (ICG).
Join the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership!
Sanitation and Water for All is a global partnership aimed at achieving universal and sustainable access to sanitation and drinking-water for all, by firmly placing sanitation and water on the global agenda with an immediate focus on achieving the MDGs in the most off-track countries.
After being temporarily hosted on the UN-Water site, Sanitation and Water for All has now launched its own dedicated web site at: www.sanitationandwaterforall.org
On the site you will find information and key documents on the Partnership, Governance and the High Level Meeting held in April 2010.
A partnership application form can be downloaded from the new site. Eligible partners are: Developing Country Governments; Donors; Multilateral Agencies; Development Banks; Civil Society Networks; and Other Sector Partners. Individuals, for-profit organizations and Middle Income countries which are not off-track to meet the MDGs are not eligible to be Sanitation and Water for All partners.