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One meeting, 265 commitments to water, sanitation and hygiene

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

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15 Apr 2014 | UK

Representatives from civil society organisations, donor governments, development banks and 44 developing countries met in Washington DC on 11 April for the Sanitation and Water for All partnership’s third High Level Meeting. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened the day with warnings that the crisis in water and sanitation will hold back efforts to eradicate poverty.

At the end of the meeting, nearly half of the developing countries attending promised to achieve universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 and many committed to end open defecation.

There were also commitments to address the massive inequalities in access to basic services between urban and rural, rich and poor people, ethnic groups and regions.

Honouring commitments

UK Secretary of State for Development Justine Greening said that the UK was on track to keeping its promise of reaching 60 million people by December 2015 with safe water and sanitation.

Ms Greening said that this work will focus on women and girls, sustainable investment and improving aid effectiveness.

UK Secretary of State for Development Justine Greening
UK Secretary of State for Development Justine Greening in Washington DC

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, outlining our vision of everyone, everywhere being reached with clean water and sanitation by 2030.
  • Coordinating programmes with national strategies to achieve universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Strengthening commitments to transparent monitoring of progress in water and sanitation.

The official summary of the Sanitation and Water for All country commitments can be found here: http://sanitationandwaterforall.org/commitments/country-commitments

Read our Chief Executive, Barbara Frost, blog about last Friday’s Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting >