Indonesia’s Commitments at the Sanitation and Water for All Sector Ministers’ Meeting in Jakarta
“UNICEF welcomes the new commitments made this week by the Government of Indonesia at the Sanitation and Water for All Sector Ministers’ Meeting in Jakarta.
“Indonesia has committed to accelerate access to safely managed water, safely managed sanitation and hygiene services by strengthening political will, expanding partnerships and boosting investments, including innovative financing. The Government has also pledged to incorporate climate resilience, strengthen community engagement and improve tracking of progress to address inequities.
“These new efforts will build on Indonesia’s success over the last two decades and contribute to stunting reduction and a green economy. Nationally, more than 110 million people have gained access to improved water sources and another 140 million people to improved sanitation.
“Challenges remain with providing access to safely managed water and sanitation for all. The COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and global economic slowdown make it increasingly urgent for countries to find innovative ways to prioritize water, sanitation and hygiene and integrate these services in national climate, health and economic policies and strategies.
“UNICEF applauds the widely consultative approach that led to these commitments. It is particularly impressive that they also reflect the perspectives of young people in Indonesia, who we know can offer viable solutions to water and sanitation challenges.
“UNICEF reaffirms our commitment to support the Government and all stakeholders as we bring these commitments to life together. Water and sanitation are the foundation of all sustainable development – and key to helping children survive and thrive.”
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The Sanitation and Water for All Sector Ministers’ Meeting, taking place in Jakarta from 18-19 May 2022, brings together participants from around the world, including 55 ministers of water, sanitation, health, environment and the economy to find innovative ways to prioritize water, sanitation, and hygiene services. The meeting is hosted by the Government of Indonesia and convened by the Water for All global partnership and UNICEF.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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