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UN declares 2008 the International Year of Sanitation

The United Nations has declared the upcoming year, 2008, as the International Year of Sanitation.

The UN General Assembly came to this decision as a means to express concern on the slow and insufficient progress made in achieving the global sanitation target, and recognized that progress can be made through active commitment and action by all States, including at the national and local levels, as well as United Nations agencies, regional and international organizations, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders.

As such, the main thrust of the advocacy and promotional activities during the year will be on:
  • raising awareness of the importance of sanitation and its impact on achieving other MDGs, from three perspectives: hygiene, household sanitation and wastewater;
  • encouraging Governments and its partners to promote and implement policies and actions for meeting the sanitation target; and
  • mobilizing communities, particularly women’s groups, towards changing sanitation and hygiene practices through sanitation-health-education campaigns.

For more information, please visit www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/sanitation/iys.htm.