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Sanitation and Water for All 2012 High Level Meeting
Every two years, SWA holds a global High Level Meeting to address planning and institutional requirements for improving access to water and sanitation.
The second High Level Meeting was held in Washington D.C. on Friday 20 April 2012. Ministers of development co-operation, finance, water and sanitation and representatives of the world’s leading water and sanitation agencies (over 80 in all), including 45 developing country governments, mainly in Africa and Asia, attended the meeting or were engaged in the dialogue process. The meeting resulted in commitments to take immediate steps to speed up global access to water and sanitation.
Following engagement with Finance ministries, 40 developing countries madepledges that will provide an additional 60 million people with improved drinking water sources and another 80 million people with access to improved sanitation over the course of the next two years. At the same time, donors announced plans to massively increase the number of people they are reaching. The meeting benefitted from a comprehensive preparatory process, strong inter-agency collaboration and organization, and attracted a high level of ministerial attendance.
Countries, donors and development banks participating in the High Level Meeting each tabled a Statement of Commitments, which details the key political actions to be undertaken in the next two years. The SWA Secretariat works with participants to monitor and report on the progress of implementation of the commitments annually.
Read more supporting background documentation and evidence prepared for the meeting as well as information about the preparatory process.
Global leaders invest in solutions for sanitation and water for all. Read more“Today, I have been impressed by the scope, breadth and attention to detail of this Ministerial discussion. It is a powerful reminder that it is national leadership that will lift performance of this sector. We must now hold ourselves accountable. We will be judged by our actions not our words.” HE John Agyekum Kufuor, SWA Chair
The Concept Note I (Fr) for the 2012 SWA High Level Meeting outlines the multi-stakeholder preparations in developing countries as well as the preparatory processes for donors. The theme for the 2012 SWA High Level Meeting was the economic gains of investing in water and sanitation and the costs of failing to invest.
Read through the supporting background documentation and evidence prepared for the meeting as well as more information about the preparatory process.