The National Tribune

Kathmandu, Nepal: Delegates of more than 20 countries, including stakeholder groups, gathered from 25-27th June 2024 in Kathmandu for the Global Sanitation Summit, organized by UNICEF WHO and WaterAid.

The Summit is a crucial step in redoubling efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goal target 6.2, on safely managed sanitation [1] which currently falls short of the deadline for 2030.

According to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMPWSS), 3.4 Billion people, or 2/5, do not have a properly managed sanitation. This impacts their health, dignity and growth, and contributes to

For the SDG to be met, it will take a fivefold increase in progress on safely managed sanitation. This is a fact that should not be lost by Member States, UN agencies and multilateral organizations, as well as international and national nongovernmental organisations.

WHO has been engaged in recent and current efforts to accelerate progress through sector-wide, collaborative efforts such as the SDG 6 Global acceleration framework and the UN System-wide strategy for water and sanitation. The Summit underlined the need for sectoral alignment and coordination in order to improve the overall system of water, sanitation, and hygiene.

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The agenda of the Summit focused on aligning with these technical approaches, and creating a shared understanding about how to help countries make measured progress in achieving safely managed sanitation. It also includes strengthening the resilience of sanitation to climate-related shocks. The focus of the summit was to bridge knowledge gaps in areas such as financing, equity and national policies. One focus was to support the transition from open defecation and unimproved services, which have all seen some improvement in recent years, to safe managed services.

The Summit was also used to introduce the “Eight Steps towards Safely Managed Sanitation Framework”, which will officially be launched in November, on World Toilet Day. This framework is designed to demystify the process for achieving safely managed Sanitation, identify practical applications and develop a common understanding and key areas in which all actors can participate according to their capabilities and mandates.

The steps to follow are:

  1. Conduct a Situation Analysis
  2. Develop an action plan for achieving safely managed sanitation
  3. Update or establish policies, laws, regulations, Standards and Guidelines
  4. Finance for safe sanitation
  5. Strengthen public data systems
  6. Support improved sanitation services
  7. Strengthen capacity
  8. Monitor, review and share your learnings.

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