Ensuring access to climate-resilient sanitation services for 3.6 billion people by 2030

A call to action for acceleration & Technical brief on Climate-resilient Sanitation in Practice


Climate change is drastically changing the world we live in. It is devastating lives, undermining progress made in improving access to sanitation, and hampering achieving the sector’s goal of universal access to safe sanitation. Households that have gained access to basic or safely managed sanitation services risk losing them during climate-related disasters, unless due consideration and diligence is undertaken to inform design and development of such systems, taking into account mitigation of potential risks and shocks.

There is an urgent need for the sector partners to unite in the fight against climate change and take immediate action to tackle the climate crisis, across the entire sanitation service chain, in urban and rural areas, and across all settings.

Call to Action:

This Call to Action was jointly developed by UNICEF, the Global Green Growth Institute, the University of Technology Sydney, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UN-Habitat, the World Health Organization, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, Resilient Cities Network, WaterAid and SNV and are calling on all stakeholders to work collectively to ensure the resilience of sanitation systems to maximize the public health outcome and explore the opportunities of reducing emissions along the sanitation service chain.

Technical brief on Climate-resilient Sanitation in Practice:

This technical brief has been developed to help sector stakeholders better understand the rationale for climate-resilient sanitation, approaches to climate-resilient sanitation, and available resources for programming. It provides information and examples on: i) incorporating climate resilience into sanitation programming; ii) available resources that support a better understanding of the rationale for including climate resilience in sanitation; and iii) opportunities for climate financing and how the WASH sector can better access it.