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Meeting of Ministers of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

28 Jan 2016



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Day one - 15 March 2016

Session 2

Where we are and lessons from the MDGs - Bruce Gordon, WHO
The SDGs and implications for policy and implementation - Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF
Examples of how countries have tackled the building blocks to achieve results - Jyoti Shukla, World Bank
SWA: Working effectively together for the SDGs - Catarina de Albuquerque, SWA


Session 4

How did the Eastern Asian Tigers deliver sanitation within a generation - Barbara Frost, WaterAid UK
The journey: evolution of water and sanitation sector management in Malaysia - Punita Nook Naidu, SPAN, Malaysia
Institution building for the SDGs for the water, sanitation and hygiene sector - Jaime Melo Baptista, ERSAR
Turning around under-performing water and sanitation utilities and targeting the poor - Neil MacLeod, eThekwini Water and Sanitation
A Financial Turnaround Strategy For Water and Sanitation Utilities - Neil MacLeod, eThekwini Water and Sanitation


Day Two - 16 March 2016

Session 6

The humanitarian, development continuum - Tanveer Aslam Malik, Pakistan
Morocco’s commitment for the implementation of the MDGs and SDGs - Charafat Afailal, Morocco
Sanitation: from MDGs to SDGs - Brian Arbogast, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Session 7

New modalities for financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa - Bai Mass Taal, AMCOW
Financing the One WASH program - Abyi Girma, Ethiopia
Solving the problems of a mega-city and addressing universal access and the financing of water utilities - Jerson Kelman, SABESP


Technical Day - 17 March 2016

Session 2

Policy implications for the SDGs - Tom Slaymaker, UNICEF
Building blocks for an effective sector - Eddie Perez, Emory/UNICEF
Pakistan experience - Muhammad Irfan Tariq, Ministry of Climate Change


Session 3

Overview of the SWA partner tools - Evariste Kouassi Komlan, UNICEF
Improving the effectiveness of Joint Sector Reviews - Dominick De Waal, World Bank
National accountability mechanisms - Jaime Melo Baptista, LNEC
Strengthening national monitoring systems - Nelson Gomonda, AMCOW
Uganda experience - Martha Naigaga, Ministry of Health


Session 4

Implementing tools to monitor the SWA collaborative behaviours - Clare Battle, WaterAid & Fiona Gore, WHO/GLAAS
Costa Rica experience - Yamilette Astorga Espeleta, Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados

Other resources

The collaborative behaviours
The building blocks



Access the SWA media release
Access SWA Chair the Hon. Mr. Kevin Rudd's opening remarks
Access Ethiopian President His Excellency Dr. Mulatu Teshome's welcome remarks
Access UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake's welcome remarks
Access the photo albums of the three days



Descarga el programa de la Reunion generale en español
Download the overall agenda of the Ministerial Meeting
Download the agenda of the Technical Meeting of 17 March
Descarga el programa de la Reunion tecnica del 17 de marzo en español


Ministers of Sanitation and Water and Sector Leaders Discussed the Implementation of SDGs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15-16 March 2016.

The SWA Meeting of Ministers of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene was a unique opportunity for countries to plan and prepare for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals related to sanitation, water and hygiene, and for external support agencies to understand how best they can support. It was convened by UNICEF, hosted by the Government of Ethiopia and chaired by HE Kevin Rudd, Chair of SWA.

It was 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 allowed discussion of the implications on planning and resource requirements, as well as created opportunities for exchanging best practices and agree on the process for engaging finance and planning ministries.

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

The objectives of the Ministerial Meeting were to:

  • Examine the sanitation, water and hygiene components of SDG 6 and other related targets within the SDGs (including the sub-targets, indicators and definitions) and identify what their level of ambition means for the WASH sector.
  • Take stock of the sector, share experiences and identify the major bottlenecks to achieving the sanitation, water and hygiene targets, including barriers to development effectiveness (the four SWA Collaborative Behaviours).
  • Identify the respective roles and responsibilities of governments, development partners, civil society research and learning institutions and the private sector in achieving the sanitation, water and hygiene-related SDG targets.
  • Lay groundwork for clear action plans, strategies and commitments for the water, sanitation and hygiene related targets of the SDGs.
  • Develop an understanding of how the sanitation, water and hygiene sector needs to interact and work with other related sectors – nationally and internationally - to ensure the achievement of all the SDGs. Identify the key elements of a future SWA mutual accountability mechanism for the water, sanitation and hygiene related targets of the SDGs.

For more information please contact the SWA Secretariat or follow the meeting on twitter via #SW4ALL.


Technical meeting on 17 March

A technical meeting was held on 17 March, 2016 immediately following the SWA Meeting of Ministers of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. The technical meeting brought together sanitation and water professionals from government and other SWA partner organizations.

The purpose of the meeting was to:

  1. Translate outcomes of the Ministers’ Meeting into actions that countries and partners can take in their design and implementation of SDG plans
  2. Share tools and resources needed for preparations related to the SDGs
  3. Plan and share ideas on incorporating SDGs into national WASH plans
  4. Plan and share latest thinking on strengthening data collection, monitoring systems and national accountability mechanisms to improve WASH national evidence bases for decision-makers
  5. Agree milestones in the run up to subsequent finance and sector ministers High-Level Meetings.

Download the agenda of the technical meeting on 17 March


Key Note Speakers

His Excellency Dr. Mulatu Teshome


Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

KR- Official Photo - High Res

The Hon. Mr Kevin Rudd

Chair, SWA

26th Prime Minister of Australia

Caption to come.

Mr Anthony Lake

Executive Director



Ms Jyoti Shukla

Senior Manager,

Water and Sanitation Program

World Bank Global Water Practice


Ms Catarina de Albuquerque

Executive Chair, SWA

First UN Special Rapporteur on

the Human Right to Water and Sanitation


Mr Ted Chaiban

Director of Programmes



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