UN-Water TPA drinking water & basic sanitation

Project closed: 2016

The ‘Thematic Priority Area (TPA) on water supply and basic sanitation’ is co-chaired by the United Nations University and UN-HABITAT with support from UNICEF, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), UNSGAB, WHO, UNDP, UNEP, the World Bank Water Supply Programme, and UNW-DPC/DPAC. The goal of the TPA on water supply and basic sanitation is to create a framework for interagency coordination and collaboration on water supply and basic sanitation under the UN-Water umbrella. Activities to-date include the Sanitation Drive (2015) and World Toilet day.

Sanitation Drive (2015) is an advocacy campaign that aimed to meet the Millennium Development Goal sanitation target, and is now working to meet the Sustainable Development Goal sanitation and open defecation target. Sanitation Drive supports and inspires people from around the world to take action towards achieving sanitation and hygiene for all by targeting the poorest and most vulnerable people.

World Toilet Day is recognized as an official UN international day, celebrated on November 19 every year. The goal of this day is to help raise awareness about the risks to health, security, dignity and safety, involved when a community does not have access to adequate sanitation, and help to break the social taboo that surrounds this issue. If we do not accelerate our progress, 2.4 billion people will still be without access to adequate sanitation.

Sanitation Drive to 2015 Planner’s Guide_English
Sanitation Drive to 2015 Planner’s Guide_French
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Fact Sheet #1 – Sanitation is a Human Right: EnglishFrenchSpanishPortugueseUrduIndonesian, or Hindi.
Fact Sheet #2 – Sanitation is a Good Economic Investment: EnglishFrenchSpanishPortugueseUrduIndonesian, or Hindi.
Fact Sheet #3 – Sanitation Brings Dignity, Equality and Safety: EnglishFrenchSpanishPortugueseUrduIndonesian, or Hindi.
Fact Sheet #4 – Sanitation is Vital for Good Health: EnglishFrenchSpanishPortugueseUrduIndonesian, or Hindi.
Fact Sheet #5 – Sanitation Sustains Clean Environments: EnglishFrenchSpanishPortugueseUrduIndonesian, or Hindi.

Sanitation Drive to 2015 Logo
Op-Ed by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Orange – Missing: Proper Toilets for 2.6 billion
Postcard to send to politicians
UN Resolution
Water and Sanitation Program: Working Paper – What Does it Take to Scale up Rural Sanitation?
World Toilet Day Statement
Section on Access to Sanitation on the ‘Water for Life’ Decade website
Violence, Gender & WASH: A Practitioner’s Toolkit
Realising the Human Right to Water and Sanitation: A Handbook
End Water Poverty Campaign Guide to the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation English , French

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