UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Drinking Water and Sanitation (GLAAS) 2010

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GLAAS 2010: UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Drinking Water and Sanitation - Targeting Resources for Better Results

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May 2010


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The Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is a UN-Water initiative implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO). The objective of UN-Water GLAAS is to provide policy makers at all levels with a reliable, easily accessible, comprehensive and global analysis of the evidence to make informed decisions in sanitation and drinking-water.

With over 2.6 billion people living without access to improved sanitation facilities, and nearly 900 million people not receiving their drinking-water from improved water sources, UN-Water GLAAS highlights where efforts stagnate in achieving the Millennium Development Goal Target 7 −to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation. It also highlights the post-2015 challenges that need to be addressed by the United Nations system to collectively support its Member States. These challenges are duly recognized by UN-Water, which seeks to inform ongoing global policy dialogues about available solutions and to support Member States in overcoming them.

This first GLAAS report, follows the pilot report in 2008, and brings together survey data from 42 countries and 27 external support agencies and overlays this information, together with information from other databases, on the data presented by JMP on access to and use of basic sanitation and safe drinking-water. This composite information source is quite central to the actions undertaken by UN-Water members and partners and is facilitating action by the development partners. For example, the new initiative Sanitation and Water for All: A Global Framework for Action, which aims to bring sanitation and drinking-water issues “to the top table of development”, will bring the GLAAS report as a key information source to the attention of decision-makers at the highest level.

This GLAAS report initiates a series that will increasingly reach out to more Member States in the coming years. It is hoped it will inform decisions and actions to bring safe water and basic sanitation to everyone who is currently without access.

The findings from the UN-Water GLAAS report will be presented at the first annual High-Level Meeting of Sanitation and Water for All, hosted by UNICEF on 23 April 2010 in Washington, DC. The High Level Meeting will provide a forum for Ministers of Finance from developing countries, accompanied by Ministers responsible for sanitation and water, and representatives from donor countries to gain a greater understanding of the linkages between water, sanitation, and economic growth, in order to commit the appropriate resources, as well as to promote a culture of mutual accountability, partnership and shared responsibility.


See also

UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Drinking Water and Sanitation 2008



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UN-Water GLAAS report 2010


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