(Part 1) UNICEF 2019 Global WASHNet and Resource Partners Meetings (11-14 June 2019).
Day 1 (morning session).
In 2018, with the growing recognition and support for "Leaving No One Behind" in pursuit of SDG targets 6.1 and 6.2, UNICEF, with support from partners, continued efforts across more than 100 countries to achieve access to safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in humanitarian and development contexts. In 2018, UNICEF directly supported 18.6 million people to gain access to safe drinking water, and 10.8 million people to gain access to basic sanitation.
Despite progress, new evidence reveals deep and growing concerns about poor coverage of WASH services in institutions (schools and health care facilities) and the negative impact of climate change, rapid urbanisation and protracted crises on children's rights to water and sanitation.
It is against this background that this year's Global WASH Network (or "WASHNet") and WASH Resource Partners meeting is organized from 11-14 June 2019. The overall themes of the meeting will be "Strengthening Resilient WASH Systems" and "Localization and implementation of the SDGs". The meeting will provide ample opportunity for in-depth exchanges and learning from country and regional experiences, drawing on findings from new evidence & data.