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Published on: 04/03/2016

Ministers of Sanitation and Water and Sector Leaders to Discuss the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Meeting of Ministers of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 15-16 March 2016. It is an unique opportunity for countries to plan and prepare for the implementation of the SDGs related to sanitation, water and hygiene. It is convened by UNICEF and hosted by the Government of Ethiopia. IRC's CEO Patrick Moriarty will join the meeting as member of SWA's Steering Committee.

SWA Steering Committee

The meeting will be the first step for countries and their partners to discuss national planning to meet the challenges of the water, sanitation and hygiene-related targets of the new SDGs. The meeting's format will allow discussion of the implications on planning and resource requirements, as well as create opportunities for exchanging best practices and agree on the process for engaging finance and planning ministries.

Participants will also include high-level representatives from civil society, external support agencies, research and learning institutions and the private sector and will provide a forum to understand the needs of countries and how best to collectively support them. As an international community, it will be an opportunity to agree on how to track progress and contribute to the UN Follow-up and Review process of the SDGs.

A technical meeting will be held on 17 March, 2016 immediately following the SWA Meeting of Ministers of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Sanitation and water professionals from government and other SWA partner organisations will discuss how outcomes of the Ministers' Meeting can be translated into actions at country level.

Follow the meeting on twitter via #SW4ALL.




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