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“Realizing the importance of water and sanitation to leading a full healthy and productive life, I would like to urge upon the international community, the national governments and all other stakeholders to ensure delivery of drinking water immediately to all, aim for total sanitation coverage by communities, and move water and sanitation up on the national agenda. With political will and commitment, we should be able to provide water and sanitation for all, address the challenge of rising costs and reducing wastage. Through partnerships and commitment, we should be able to achieve both the Targets 3 & 4 under MDG 7”
- Executive Director, UN-HABITAT
Pro-poor approach to urban water and sanitation governance

Priority for development of institutional framework that focuses the needs of the poor; decentralized, simplified and transparent procedures accessible to poor and ensuring involvement of local authorities and communities in water and sanitation service delivery with integration of social inclusion and gender equity.

Urban Water Demand Management as a local action

Focuses on all aspects of demand management, economic, social, technical, legal, administrative and institutional. Priority for reduction of unaccounted-for water, pricing, public-private partnerships, equity in distribution of services, regulatory systems, and reallocation of resources.

Integrated urban environmental sanitation

Support to improve and increase sanitation coverage and hygiene promotion with emphasis on the poor and the excluded; promotion of sustainable sanitation practices and environmental-friendly solid waste management systems with appropriate technological options and innovative financial mechanisms.

Community-managed water and sanitation services and income generation for urban poor

Encouraging involvement of communities in decision making, right from the choice of design till implementation of the water and sanitation schemes and its financing through revolving funds with a pro-poor cost recovery approach and responsibility of operation and maintenance; Developing and implementing strategies that maximizes income and employment for the urban poor.

Gender Mainstreaming to benefit the communities

Mainstreaming gender, socially excluded, underprivileged communities and ethnic minorities with a vision to faster, equitable and sustainable achievement of MDGs through pro-poor governance, increased women’s access and control over services, resources and opportunities for participation and partnership.

Training and capacity building for empowerment

Enhancing capacities for sustainable water and sanitation service delivery and addressing the issues of climate change and energy efficient initiatives through capacity building and demonstration projects.

Value-based education in water, sanitation and hygiene

Human Values-based Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (HVWSHE) are a strategic and long-term interventions to provide foundation for sustainable practices and are integrated in the overall water and sanitation programme framework.

Monitoring of Progress towards achieving MDGs on Water and Sanitation

Assists in monitoring and localizing MDGs related to water and sanitation

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