Welcome to the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership
Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a partnership of governments, donors, civil society and multilateral organizations. Its aim is to ensure that all people have access to basic sanitation and safe drinking water. It is particularly concerned with those countries where the needs are greatest.
Sanitation and Water for All Secretariat is hiring a Programme Officer (Events & Protocol) with assigned responsibility for components of the Secretariat's role in preparing and hosting meetings, managing high level protocol issues and documenting the work of the Partnership. The deadline to apply is 30 May 2013. Find out more
The WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) update 2013, entitled Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water 2013 Update, warns that, at the current rate of progress, the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of the 1990 population without sanitation will be missed by eight per cent – or half a billion people. Read the full report / note for the media
SWA was present at the IRC Symposium on monitoring sustainable WASH service delivery in Addis Ababa from 9 to 11 April 2013. SWA secretariat and partners held a session to share the main achievements of SWA since the 2012 High Level Meeting and initial guidelines around how to prepare for the 2014 HLM. Following the IRC Symposium, SWA participated in the preparation meeting for AfricaSan 2014. Find out more
The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, announced the 2014 SWA High Level Meeting (HLM) on 19th April 2013 at an event co hosted by the World Bank and the United Nations. The announcement came just one month after the DSG launched his own Call to Action on Sanitation, where he called for an end to open defecation by 2025 and pointed to SWA as a key platform for action. Of the 2012 SWA High Level Meeting, he said it was, “One of the best meetings I can recall” because it involved Finance Ministers and encouraged increasing budgets. Watch the full conversation (Jan Eliasson talks about SWA at 14:35).
Sanitation and Water for All co-convened a session organized by WaterAid with UNICEF at the ‘Asia and the Pacific Parliamentarian and CSO Forum on MDG Acceleration and the Post 2015 Development Agenda’ which took place in March 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. The discussion was an opportunity for partners to share their views. They suggested concrete short-term policy and programmatic actions to accelerate progress towards the 2015 MDG targets and laid some foundations for a scaled up response to achieve universal access to sanitation and water post-2015. Find out more / See the report
Ambassador Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, launched a Call to Action on Sanitation on the eve of World Water Day in the presence of leaders of agencies within the UN system, the World Bank, governments, private sector and civil society. Darren Saywell, SWA Vice-Chair, attended the launch and recommended the DSG build on the success and progress of SWA to achieve the goals of this initiative. Find out more
Greatly encouraged by the excellent progress the SWA Partnership has already made, SWA Partners, WaterAid and Tearfund have produced a new booklet which explains how this global partnership has become a dynamic catalyst for change Read the WaterAid/Tearfund Booklet here: English // French // Portuguese
Join the conversation! - Sanitation and Water in the Post 2015 Development Agenda. The Thematic Consultation on Water in the post-2015 development agenda was launched in January 2013. Find out more / Ensuring WASH is high on the Post 2015 Agenda - Sanjay Wijesekera
The first SWA Partnership Meeting took place in South Africa from 12-14 November 2012 to review progress of the Partnership so far and work towards establishing the future direction of SWA. Find out more about the meeting on our dedicated Partnership Meeting webpage.
Serious commitments will extend access to sustainable sanitation facilities and improved drinking water sources to millions more people On April 20, 2012, Ministerial delegations from almost 40 developing countries assembled alongside major donors at a meeting hosted by UNICEF and the World Bank. The meeting, chaired by His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, former president of Ghana and Chair of SWA, and moderated by Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of WaterAid Sweden and incoming United Nations Deputy Secretary General, resulted in commitments to take immediate steps to speed up global access to water and sanitation.
Following the 2012 SWA HLM, the SWA Secretariat conducted a full analysis of the 402 specific commitments made by 37 developing countries and 11 donors/development banks. This summary draws out the key trends emerging and should provide a useful framework for tracking progress and as an information tool to use in 2012 SWA HLM follow-up activities.
Photo Water Aid / Suzanne Porter
The following resources, launched in May 2013, provide the latest information about SWA, updates on SWA activities and what is happening across the partnership.