Friday, 23 April 2010
High Level Meeting Updates from WSSCC
Programme Manager, Advocacy and Communications
In Washington today, Ministers from around the world described how they had prepared for their countries' participation in tomorrow's Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting.
I sat in on a group from french-speaking countries, including Burkina Faso and Senegal. The World's Longest Toilet Queue got a special mention - the tremendous participation in the queue in Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, had made a big impact on those in government, and really showed how strongly people in the country feel about this issue. This led us to a discussion of the importance of involving EVERYONE in discussions about sanitation - because everyone is involved, from the national governments right down to the household level. One of the "added values" from this high level meeting was judged to be the fact that it had created a dialogue between ministers responsible for Sanitation, Water and Hygiene and their colleagues down the hall - the Ministers of Finance.
Tomorrow's meeting will look at what each country plans to do to address these problems, and how a global framework for action could help in this.
For more information on Sanitation and Water for All, visit www.unwater.org/activities_san4all.html.