One meeting, 265 commitments to water, sanitation and hygiene

265 commitments to improving water, sanitation and hygiene were made at the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting.

11 Apr 2014

Representatives from 44 developing countries joined development partners from around the world in Washington DC on 11 April. The Sanitation and Water for All partnership’s third High Level Meeting aimed to renew commitments to work towards universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.

Nearly half of the developing countries attending committed to ensuring universal access to water and sanitation, and many more promised to end open defecation, by 2030.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened proceedings with warnings that the crisis in water and sanitation will hold back efforts to eradicate poverty.

The meeting promised to address the massive inequalities in access to basic services between urban and rural, rich and poor people, ethnic groups and regions.

Honouring commitments

Henry Northover, Global Head of Policy for WaterAid, said, “The challenge now is to reach the most marginalised populations with their basic human rights to safe water, decent toilets and good hygiene.” 

Watch the Sanitation and Water for All partnership’s third High Level Meeting video summary:

Our contribution

As a founding partner of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership WaterAid has made its own commitments, which include:

  • A new organisational strategy for 2015-2020 to reaching our vision of everyone, everywhere being reached with clean water and sanitation by 2030, with a focus on sector strengthening.
  • Aligning programmes behind nationally- driven strategies to achieve universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Strengthening commitment to open and transparent monitoring of progress in water and sanitation.

The official summary of the Sanitation and Water for All country commitments can be found here: