Placing water and sanitation front and center

Untitled-3The new 2030 Agenda has water and sanitation at its core, with a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation and clear linkages to Goals relating to health, food security, climate change, resiliency to disasters and ecosystems, among many others.

The UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days 2015 are a set of coordinated events taking place on 18-20 November at UN Headquarters in New York.

The Final meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) spans the three days concluding on 20 November with the UNSGAB Final Ceremony (9:00 am – 12:45 pm, ECOSOC Chamber).

The Second Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters will be held on 18 November (9:30 am – 10:30 am, GA Hall and 10:30 am – 6:00 pm, Conference Room 4) and the UN World Toilet Day will be celebrated on 19 November (1:15 pm – 3:00 pm, ECOSOC Chamber).

During the days UNSGAB will share and discuss its Final Report with the Secretary-General and the international community. The report reflects on the Board’s impact and legacy while also offering a set of recommendations for the international community on necessary structures, institutions and initiatives to advance water and sanitation objectives post-2015.

The Second Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters aims to develop both messages and recommendations for major UN conferences, including the UNFCCC COP 21 “Paris 2015”, the Humanitarian Summit, and Habitat III.

World Toilet Day, organized by UN-Water, is an annual opportunity to make sanitation for all a global development priority and to urge changes in both behavior and policy on issues ranging from improving water management to ending open-air defecation. The New York-based event, coordinated by UNICEF and UNSGAB on behalf of UN-Water, will focus on the WTD 2015 theme, toilets and health: better sanitation for better nutrition.

The UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days 2015 are open to participants with access to UN Headquarters.

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UN High-level Water and Sanitation Days 2015