Réunions de haut niveau 2019


WASHing away inequalities: partnering to finance and achieve the water, sanitation and hygiene targets of the Sustainable Development Goals


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:

  • Leave no one behind. Develop a common understanding of what leave no one behind means, the scale of inequality in WASH, its root causes and its impact.   
  • Leadership. Highlight the critical role of leadership to focus attention and resources on leave no one behind.
  • Finance. Establish how national sector finance strategies can be developed to maximise their impact on eliminating inequality.  
  • Planning, monitoring and review.  Demonstrate how the application of the SWA Framework of Guiding Principles, Collaborative Behaviours and sector Building Blocks can address inequality in WASH.

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.

Know more about

> Recent Sector Ministers’ Meetings: Washington DC, 2017; Addis Ababa, 2016

> Recent Finance Ministers’ Meetings: Washington DC, 2017, Washington DC, 2104