Progress in Drinking Water and Sanitation: A special focus on Sanitation


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Progress in Drinking Water and Sanitation: special focus on sanitation

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WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Report


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As 2008 is the International Year of Sanitation (IYS), the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) has taken the opportunity to make sanitation a major focus in its 2008 update report, entitled Progress in Drinking-water and Sanitation: special focus on sanitation.

This report details global progress towards the Millenium Development Goal (MDG) target for drinking-water and sanitation, and analyses what these trends suggest for the remainder of the UN Decade "Water for Life" (2005 - 2015).

It introduces a new way of assessing global, regional and country progress using the "ladder" concept for both sanitation and drinking-water. For sanitation, trends in using improved, shared, and unimproved sanitation facilities are shown, in addition to the trend in open defecation. The drinking-water ladder shows the percentage of global population using piped connections into a dwelling, plot or yard; other improved water sources; and unimproved sources. The intention is to continue refining the "ladders" in future reports.

This report aims at helping policy-makers, scientists and others who wish to build sector capacity at national and subnational levels.



See also



Meeting the MDG Drinking Water and Sanitation Targets: The Urban and Rural Challenge of the Decade

Meeting the MDG Drinking Water and Sanitation Target: A Mid-Term Assessment of Progress

Water For Life:Making It Happen

Global Water Supply and Sanitation 2000 Report

UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Drinking Water and Sanitation

External Resources

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme Website

The latest JMP country profiles


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