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On April 23, 2010, UNICEF hosted the first High Level Meeting on behalf of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership at the World Bank in Washington DC. Finance and Water Sector Ministers representing 18 countries met with representatives of 13 donors, seven UN agencies and civil society for the High Level Meeting (HLM) of Sanitation and Water for All.
Meeting participants called for more synergies and commitment, continued dialogue, better use of resources, capacity building, human resource development, increased water and sanitation sector planning, public-private partnerships, development of integrated approaches, and evidence-based decision-making.
Countries and External Support Agencies brought concrete commitments to the 2010 High Level Meeting. These commitments will be monitored and reported on regularly. The first progress report will be posted in mid-2011.
Countries attending the 2010 High Level Meeting underwent an extensive preparatory process leading up to the High Level Meeting. Inter-ministerial dialogue between Finance Ministries and Ministries responsible for water and sanitation, along with development partners led to the development of a concrete set of commitments from each Government.
External Support Agencies attending the High Level Meeting prepared statements of commitment which were tabled at the High Level Meeting.
Short papers, primarily in preparation of the 2010 High Level Meeting, outlining the 'economic case for water and sanitation' were drafted for several countries, utilizing the best available information. National level data was used when available. Where national data is lacking, data from neighboring countries, regional or global data was used. Since the 2010 High Level Meeting, other countries have also prepared 'economic cases.'
Country profiles, using data from the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), the UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) and the AMCOW Country Status Overviews (CSOs), were produced for each country attending the 2010 High Level Meeting.
Several External Support Agencies produced Profiles, in preparation of the 2010 High Level Meeting.
Countries and External Support Agencies brought concrete commitments to the 2010 High Level Meeting. The first progress report on the progress of these commitments is now available.
This four-page brochure highlights specific evidence on sanitation and drinking water from 28 African countries that participated in the GLAAS 2010. Highlights include: general stats on access, in-country capacity to meet the challenge, targeting of financial resources, and financing needs, coordination and aid absorption.
This four-page brochure highlights specific evidence on sanitation and drinking water from 10 countries from Eastern, Southern and South-eastern Asia that participated in the GLAAS 2010. Highlights include: general stats on access, in-country capacity to meet the challenge, targeting of financial resources, and financing needs, coordination and aid absorption.
2010 GLAAS: Asia Highlights (for Eastern, Southern, and South-Eastern Asia Regions)
The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment on Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS), led by the World Health Organization, is conducted with the objective of providing policy makers with reliable, easily accessible, comprehensive and global analysis of the evidence needed to guide informed decisions towards accelerating and sustaining progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for sanitation and drinking water.
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