The 2017 SWA High-level Meetings (HLMs) took place in Washington D.C., USA. It comprised a Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FMM), convened by the World Bank on behalf of the SWA partnership, on 20 April. In the preceding days, 19 and 20 April, a Sector Ministers’ Meeting (SMM) was convened by UNICEF, involving those ministers responsible for water, sanitation and hygiene who accompanied their finance counterparts.
At the ministerial meetings, participants had the opportunity to engage in policy debate, exchange lessons learned and hold each other mutually accountable for progress on improving access to sanitation and drinking water for all. During the preparatory process SWA organized a series of webinars.
These ministerial meetings built on previous SWA High-level Meetings of Ministers of Finance (in 2010, 2012, and 2014) and of ministers responsible for Sanitation, Water and Hygiene (in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016). The 2016 Meeting was the first occasion for the sector to come together after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed. Countries and their partners discussed national planning to meet the challenges of the water, sanitation and hygiene-related targets and required resources.
This one-and-a-half-day meeting, built on the discussions held in Addis Ababa in March 2016. In particular, ministers considered the Building Blocks needed to establish the foundations for a strong sector. They also discuss the SWA Collaborative Behaviours.
The objectives of the Sector Ministers’ Meeting were to:
- Raise awareness among ministers of the challenges of the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) targets of the SDGs and the changes required to meet them.
- Follow-up and exchange learning on the Building Blocks of a strong sector (in terms of financing, institutions, capacity, planning, and policy and strategy), that support progress and development effectiveness in order to eliminate inequalities and achieve sustainable universal access.
- Enable minsters and senior representatives of development partners to discuss the essential Collaborative Behaviours that foster increased development effectiveness.
- Discuss attracting and utilizing adequate finance, in advance of the Finance Ministers’ Meeting
SWA facilitated a preparatory process for the 2017 HLM, in order for the attending ministers to arrive fully prepared for the meetings, and for them to be better equipped to take follow- up action. The process has started in November 2016 and went until April 2017, with a series of webinars focusing on strengthening multi-stakeholder dialogue, building political will and commitment among decision-makers and preparing ministers for their engagement in dialogues.
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|Chair’s Statement Following the 2017 HLMs|
|SMM 2017 Participants List|
|Statement by Sector Minister, Minister Jabulile Mashwama, Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, Swaziland|
|Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, Sector Ministers' Meeting|
|2017 HLMs Guidance note|
|Sample country overview|
|SDG costing tool (English language version Spreadsheet)|
|Discussion Paper on financing SDG 6 from World Bank and UNICEF|
|Generic ministerial briefing SWA HLMs 2017|
|Agenda 2017 SMM|