31 July 2023

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Climate and Environment Annual Results Report 2022

The East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with millions of children exposed to water scarcity, coastal flooding, cyclones, and air pollution, among others. These extreme weather events not only disrupt the availability of clean water for families but also affect water and sanitation services, thus increasing the risk of diseases and children’s normal development.  The combined effects can also cause children to miss school, affecting learning outcomes and future potential. All of this stands to exacerbate inequality. UNICEF is actively working to integrate climate resilience into their water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs. In 2022, UNICEF’s efforts led to improved access to safe drinking water for over 487,000 people, and basic sanitation services -with climate resilience focus- for over 287,000 people. In addition, UNICEF created platforms for youth action and advocacy, encouraging governments to prioritize children's rights to a safe and healthy environment.   This report provides a summary of the progress, major WASH, climate and environment results achieved, as well as lessons learned in the East Asia and Pacific Region in 2022. Moreover, it provides a financial overview, along with a narrative on challenges and opportunities that the region faces. The report concludes with a brief analysis of the WASH, climate and environment programme in 2023 and how this aligns to the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2022–2025 in order to achieve national goals and the SDGs by 2030. 
28 March 2022

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Annual Results Report 2021

UNICEF East Asia and Pacific region encompasses 28 programme countries served by 14 country offices. In 2021, UNICEF worked with governments and other partners to support WASH services in 18 countries. Although progress is uneven between and within countries, the East Asia and Pacific region is on track for achieving universal access to basic drinking water and basic sanitation services and ending open defecation by 2030. Some countries still require a twofold to fivefold increase of the efforts of the past decade to achieve universal access to basic WASH services. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 target of universal access to safely managed WASH services requires a greater acceleration in all countries. At current trends, the target for safely managed sanitation services will be missed by 460 million people. There is insufficient data to make any estimate of coverage of safely managed drinking water. This report presents the 2021 results of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) support across its East Asia and Pacific region. Because 2021 was the final year of the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018–2021, the report also summarizes the cumulative WASH results over that period. In addition, it provides a brief financial analysis, a narrative on challenges and lessons learned that the region faces. Finally, the report offers a look into the WASH programme in 2022 – 2025 and what the future of WASH must look like for us to meet national goals and SDGs.