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4th South Asian Conference on Sanitation Globally

1.2 billion people practice open defecation , of which South Asia accounts for 778 million or two thirds. Access to safe and affordable water is a basic right as decent sanitation is fundamental to personal hygiene and for maintaining a clean environment within households which is vital for family health.

About 39% of the world’s population, which is more than 2.6 billion people, do not have access to improved sanitation facilities; far short of achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for sanitation. MDG 7, Target 7c, calls on countries to “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”.

SACOSANs are held to direct the countries of South Asia on working towards the MDG sanitation target.

SACOSAN IV is being hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka, in Colombo, April 4-8, 2011, when up to 500 delegates from eight countries are expected to attend.

The eight SACOSAN countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.



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