The upcoming SWA Sector Ministers’ Meeting (SMM) will be convened in San Jose, Costa Rica, on 4-5 April 2019 to support the achievement of the water, sanitation and hygiene-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will be held the days after LatinoSan.
It will bring together ministers responsible for water, sanitation and hygiene and senior government officials from different regions and development levels, as well as representatives from other interest groups, including civil society, private sector, donors, development banks, UN agencies and academia.
Unique in the sector, the SMMs are the culmination of intense ongoing engagement and a strong multi-stakeholder preparatory process at country level, involving multiple stakeholders bound together by the belief that good governance and mutual accountability are key to achieve water and sanitation for all, always and everywhere.
The 2019 SMM will have ‘Leave No One Behind’ as its overall theme and has a single, high-level objective:
To increase awareness and understanding of ‘Leave No One Behind’, its fundamental relationship with WASH, and its implications for leadership, partnership, planning and finance
This we be achieved through dialogue, knowledge sharing and learning, involving all interest groups and stakeholders.
To achieve its purpose, the SMM has been designed to deliver four outcomes:
The SMM will comprise plenary sessions, ministerial dialogues and a technical meeting, and will be chaired by the Honourable Kevin Rudd, SWA’s High-level Chair.
Before the event, SWA partners will be engaged in a dedicated 6-month preparatory process that includes the joint selection and prioritization of mutually accountability, derived from national plans developed under government leadership. All constituencies are equally working together to determine the agenda, speakers and other key elements of the SMM.