SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:01:13 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Zero Draft of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for post-2015 agenda - by: tmsinnovation
the zero draft for the SDG for the post 2015 Agenda are out and online here:

The 6th of 17 goals is of interest to the SuSanA community:
List of Proposed Sustainable Development Goals to be attained by 2030
6. Secure water and sanitation for all for a sustainable world

Details of the goal from the zero draft:

Proposed goal6. Secure water and sanitation for all for a sustainable world

6.1 by 2030, provide universal access to safe and affordable drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene for all

6.2 by 2030 provide universal access to safe and affordable sanitation and hygiene including at home, schools, health centers and refugee camps, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls

6.3 by 2030, improve water quality by significantly reducing pollution, eliminating dumping of toxic materials, and improving wastewater management by x%, recycling and reuse by y%

6.4 by 2030, improve water-use efficiency by x% across all sectors

6.5 implement integrated water resources management, including appropriate trans-boundary co-operation

6.6 ensure sustainable extraction and supply of fresh water, and by 2020 protect and restore ecosystems and aquifers that provide water-related services

6.7 by 2030 decrease by x% mortality, and decrease by y% economic losses caused by natural and human-induced water-related disasters

6.8 provide adequate facilities and infrastructure, both built and natural, for safe drinking water and sanitation systems, for productive uses of water resources and for mitigating the impacts of water-related disasters

I look forward to when the X% and Y% are included.

Global political processes Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:09:59 +0000
Re: Should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? (and MDG implications) - by: dineshmehta100]]>
Global political processes Fri, 09 May 2014 06:24:23 +0000
Re: Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - by: dietvorst
A group of 77 NGOs led by the Mining Working Group and including Biofuel Watch, Blue Planet Project, Corporate Accountability International and the End Water Poverty Coalition, have signed a letter of protest accusing the UN Open Working Group (OPW) on SDGs of bypassing water and sanitation as a basic human right.

The new SDGs are expected to be adopted at a summit meeting of world leaders in September 2015.

Read more in the IPS article by Thalif Deen on "U.N.’s Post-2015 Agenda Skips the Right to Water and Sanitation", 6 May 2014.

Twitter hashtags to follow include: #SDGs and #OWG11]]>
Global political processes Wed, 07 May 2014 14:52:44 +0000
Re: Post-2015 – Communication material for potential WASH targets and indicators - by: susanaforum 8 May 2014 the 2014 update of the Joint Monitoring Programme Report (JMP) will be released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The JMP report is released every year with up-to-date data that aim to accelerate progress towards universal sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation.

We will provide further links as soon as the official documents are available.

(posted by Friederike)]]>
Global political processes Tue, 06 May 2014 09:45:59 +0000
High Level Meeting of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) - Washington D.C., USA (April 11, 2014) - by: Thilo
My name is Thilo Panzerbieter, executive director of the German Toilet Organization, Chair of the German WASH Network (consisting of 18 German NGOs working in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene). Since I was in Washington for the meeting, I also wanted to add my views:

I strongly believe in the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership (SWA), as it offers a unique platform for convinced WASH actors to join hands in raising the profile of water, sanitation and hygiene at the highest political level. Being elected by my colleagues as the “northern” Civil Society Representative at the 2014 SWA High Level Meeting (HLM) was therefore a great honour and I flew to Washington DC with a mixture of excitement, optimism, but also scepticism: Would the announced ministers really show up? What would their commitments be worth?
The impressive high level attendance at the Sector Ministers’ Meeting (SMM) and the HLM proved that the hard work of the past years is paying off. Compared to 2012 the number of attending Finance Ministers had quadrupled. The importance of the issue was highlighted by the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the World Bank’s President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, with more than 40 country delegations in attendance, making 265 new commitments. WASH is finally receiving the attention it deserves.
At the Sector Minister’s Meeting itself, I was pleasantly surprised by the approachability and earnestness of the approximately 35 sector ministers present. The priority that many nations give to the issue was exemplified by Ethiopia’s presence of three Ministers (Water/Infrastructure, Health and Education) at the SMM, only to be joined by their Minister of Finance at the HLM.
Coming back from Washington, I want to encourage others (like my own country, Germany) to engage more actively in the partnership. I also want to motivate my fellow colleagues in civil society to keep up the great work. Our important role was highlighted time and again by various constituencies. Everyone is counting on us to keep up the pressure, which is required, to assist the willing departments of our governments to fulfil their commitments.

Best regards,
Global political processes Tue, 06 May 2014 06:49:19 +0000
Re: Should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? (and MDG implications) - by: dietvorst group toilets as an alternative to community toilets (CTs). They have summarised their findings so far in Ideas for India:

Group toilets help address two key issues that affect demand for individual on-premise toilets. Household surveys across cities in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra suggest that principal reasons for households not having on-premise toilets is space constraints and lack of affordability.

A group toilet programme can overcome the space constraint, by identifying a location for a toilet that can serve 2-4 families, within the properties of the families. When these families share a toilet, the affordability issue is also resolved, as costs are shared and public subsidies become available to all the families sharing the toilet. Analysis in a small town in Maharashtra suggests that this programme can be fully supported through local funds, without waiting for any state or national funding. When more families shift to group toilets, CTs can be closed down. This would result in savings in expenditure on their operation and maintenance as well as free up public land. To accelerate this process, however, innovative financing from corporates under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and social investors needs to be explored.

Conventionally public subsidy for toilets under programmes such as Integrated Low Cost Sanitation (ILCS) is linked to the toilet. In many states, public funds are also used to build CTs. However, incentive for households to use the group toilet option is possible using smart subsidies that are provided on a per household basis rather than on a per toilet basis as conventionally done. The extent of subsidy can be minimised by facilitating access of households to a variety of micro-credit options through self-help groups (SHGs), microfinance institutions (MFIs), credit cooperative societies or the new housing finance companies being set up with a focus on small loans.
Global political processes Mon, 05 May 2014 09:50:01 +0000
Re: Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - by: dietvorst

There has been a whole series of stakeholder discussions and now it is up to the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals to submit their recommendations to the UN General Assembly by September 2014. After the May meeting, there will be be two more OWG sessions in June and July.

There has been broad support for a dedicated water SDG and the specific target being discussed on 6 May is shown below (note that hygiene has been included after pressure from WaterAid, EWP and other groups):

Focus area 6. Water and sanitation

Water and sanitation for a sustainable world

a) by 2030, provide universal access to safe and affordable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene[44], especially for women and girls[45]

b) by 2030, improve wastewater management, recycling and reuse by x%[46]

c) by 2030, improve water-use efficiency[47] by x% in all sectors, with particular focus on agriculture [48]

d) implement integrated water resource management, including appropriate trans-boundary co-operation[49]

e) by 2030, bring fresh water extraction in line with sustainable supply, protect and restore ecosystems, to provide water-related services [50]

f) by 2030, significantly improve water quality, eliminate pollution and dumping of toxic materials in water bodies, and protect aquifers [51]

g) invest in water harvesting and storage technologies, and double the rainwater harvested by 2030[52]

h) decrease by x% mortality and serious injuries, and decrease economic losses caused by water-related disasters, by 2030 [53]

Appropriate means of implementation

The numbers in brackets refer to the country and stakeholder groups that support the specifc sub-target, as listed in the OWG working document.]]>
Global political processes Mon, 05 May 2014 09:31:30 +0000
Re: Should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? (and MDG implications) - by: PatrickBBB
Elizabeth suggests that some of the shared sanitation services should be contribute to the sanitation coverage. This definitely makes sense in my opinion. I am wondering though, what are the implications on monitoring? Would it make monitoring too complex and time-consuming? Is there any merit to this concern?]]>
Global political processes Fri, 02 May 2014 06:59:32 +0000
Re: Should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? (and MDG implications) - by: JKMakowka
Attached a good policy brief on the issue from u-act research project (with findings from Kampala).

Christoph discussed an included very interesting diagram on perception of cleanliness Vs. number of users here:]]>
Global political processes Fri, 02 May 2014 05:40:39 +0000
Re: Should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? (and MDG implications) - by: jkohlitz Global political processes Thu, 01 May 2014 21:29:29 +0000 Re: Should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? (and MDG implications) - by: F H Mughal
I would, therefore, support the authors' views - shared sanitation facilities should not be counted as improved sanitation.

F H Mughal]]>
Global political processes Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:16:06 +0000
Re: Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - by: susanaforum issue briefing series which addresses the Post-2015 Development Agenda and corresponding sustainable development goals.

There are ten papers, released April 10, 2014, including one on water and sanitation , which look into different priority issues, which were identified by consultations with LEAD companies and stakeholders.

The briefs can be found here:

The Water and Sanitation brief is also saved as a PDF here, below.

(Posted by Roslyn)]]>
Global political processes Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:35:33 +0000
Re: Should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? (and MDG implications) - by: JKMakowka Global political processes Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:00:41 +0000 Re: should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? - by: muench can be better than nothing (or better than open defecation).

Just think of the acclaimed Sanergy model with shared (public) sanitation... (

So I do think that "shared sanitation" should have some sort of impact on the MDG counting for sanitation.

This has been discussed at length by the working groups that have been discussing possible MDGs after the year 2015. See here in this thread from 2012:

In fact, recently I received the attached document by Eddy Perez entitled "WASH POST-2015: proposed targets and indicators for drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene" (April 2014). In there you find the following statement which sounds reasonable to me:

Each of the following sanitation facility types is
considered as basic sanitation for monitoring
progress toward the household sanitation
targets, if the facility is shared among no more
than 5 families or 30 persons
, whichever is
fewer, and if the users know each other.

It's a nice compromise: "shared" would be counted but only if not shared with too many people, and not shared with strangers.

Actually I am not up to scratch where this process with the future MDGs or SDGs is at right now (see here on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs:

If anyone can enlighten us (Jonathan? Madelein? Chris Z.?), that would be appreciated.

Global political processes Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:06:01 +0000
Re: should shared sanitation services be considered 'improved' sanitation? - by: joeturner Global political processes Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:40:48 +0000