SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s recommendations for access to water, sanitation and hygiene, including during crisis

Published on Wednesday 23 February 2022



  1. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (2015-2030 SDGs) for universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene will not be achieved unless we significantly ramp up the scale and pace of our actions. Investments must at least be quadrupled over the next eight years.
  2. In fragile contexts (as defined by the OECD), investments must increase by a factor of 23 for water, by a factor of 9 for sanitation and by a factor of 5 for hygiene. An intergovernmental body must be formed to supervise these investments.
  3.  Fighting mortality due to waterborne diseases and inadequate sanitation must be a major global priority, backed by epidemiological surveillance, rapid response capabilities, and systematic coordination between healthcare actors and water, sanitation and hygiene actors.
  4. Humanitarian responses to crises, wars, disasters and epidemics must form part of a broader approach to build resilience and reduce vulnerabilities. From the outset, emergency responses must plan for the subsequent phases of early recovery and development (double nexus).
  5. Humanitarian responses must be supported by flexible operational and partnership frameworks, and by sufficient financial commitments to meet needs and challenges, especially the dramatic impacts of climate change in the most fragile countries.
  6. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Road Map 2020-2025 must be the focal point of coordination between actors, driving the objectives and quality of humanitarian and development operations at all levels (global, regional, national and local).
  7. The 9th World Water Forum in Dakar must be a forum for solutions and concrete responses to the vital water and sanitation needs of vulnerable populations. The Forum must also deliver strong, precise political statements to heads of state, so that they can convey these messages to the United Nations’ intergovernmental Water Conference in March 2023.


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