Building a better future: Two community members in Kafula Futa, Zambia work on placing a cement slab to complete a new latrine. © UNICEF/HQ98-0927/ GIACOMO PIROZZI
United Nations Response to the International Year of Sanitation - Presented by UN-DESA, 15 Aug 2007, Stockhold, Sweden Pdf >>
Gearing up Action for IYS
World Bank Perspectives on IYS, Presentation for WSP Council 4-5 June 2007 Pdf>>
UN Radio -7 May 2007, Unicef Calls attention to International Year of Sanitation Link>>
Unicef Press Release -7 May2007 - Gearing up for the International Year of Sanitation Link>>
UNSGAB website on IYS Link>>
UN Action Plan
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is coordinating the International Year of Sanitation, in broad partnership with stakeholders including UN agencies, NGOs, the private sector and academia, to raise awareness and to accelerate progress on sanitation. An action plan has been prepared to outline the contributions and inputs of the United Nations agencies and partners to the International Year of Sanitation. The plan consists of activities both within and outside the UN-system to advance the implementation of sanitation-related decisions.
The action plan includes activities to: Raise awareness, Release new and updated publications, Advocate, Monitor Access and Commitments, Advance Implementation, Strengthen Capacities, and Evaluate Costs and Benefits.
International Year of Sanitation Objectives
The central objective of the International Year of Sanitation is to put the global community on track to achieve the sanitation MDG. Sanitation is the foundation of health, dignity, and development. Increased sanitation access especially for poor people, is fundamental for reaching all the Millennium Development Goals. The International Year of Sanitation aims to:
- Increase awareness and commitment from actors at all levels, both inside and outside the sector, on the importance of reaching the sanitation MDG, including health, gender equity, education, sustainable development, economic and environmental issues, via compelling and frank communication, robust monitoring data, and sound evidence.
- Mobilize Governments (from national to local) existing alliances, financial institutions, sanitation and service providers, major groups, the private sector and UN Agencies via rapid collaborative agreements on how and who will undertake needed
- Secure real commitments to review, develop and implement effective action to scale up sanitation programmes and strengthen sanitation policies via the assignment of clear responsibilities for getting this done at the national and international levels.
- Encourage demand driven, sustainable & traditional solutions, and informed choices by recognizing the importance of working from the bottom up with practitioners and communities.
- Secure increased financing to jump start and sustain progress via commitments from national budgets and development partner allocations.
- Develop and strengthen institutional and human capacity via recognition at all levels that progress in sanitation toward the MDGs involves interlinked programmes in hygiene, household and school facilities (such as toilets and washing facilities), and
the collection, treatment and safe reuse or disposal of wastewater and human excreta. Community mobilization, the recognition of women's key role and stake, along with an appropriate mix of "software" and "hardware" interventions are essential.
- Enhance the sustainability and therefore the effectiveness of available sanitation solutions, to enhance health impacts, social and cultural acceptance, technological and institutional appropriateness, and the protection of the environment and natural
- Promote and capture learning to enhance the evidence base and knowledge on sanitation which will greatly contribute to the advocacy and increase investments in the sector.