Water sanitation hygiene

UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-water (GLAAS)

The Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is a UN-Water initiative implemented by WHO. The objective of GLAAS is to provide policy- and decision-makers at all levels with a reliable, easily accessible, comprehensive and global analysis of the investments and enabling environment to make informed decisions for sanitation, drinking-water and hygiene.

With 2.4 billion people living without access to improved sanitation facilities, and nearly 700 million people not receiving their drinking-water from improved water sources, GLAAS highlighted where efforts stagnated, and excelled, in achieving the Millennium Development Goal Target 7.C.− to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation.

With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), GLAAS will continue to provide information on investments and the enabling environment with a specific focus on monitoring Targets 6a and 6b:

  • By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.
  • Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management.

In addition to monitoring the SDGs, GLAAS provides evidence to inform decision-making among the constituents of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), specifically targeted towards sector and finance ministers who are engaged in the SWA high level political dialogue. Biennial GLAAS reports were prepared for the SWA High-Level Meetings in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and this trend will continue in the future.

The dialogue and information that emerges from GLAAS reports enhances the understanding of linkages among water, sanitation, and economic growth, and promotes a culture of mutual accountability, partnership and shared responsibility.

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