As you might know, 2015 is a critical year for the global community as the United Nations member states will agree to a new set of global development goals, known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While goals have been finalized, there is much work to be done to ensure that water, sanitation, and hygiene are properly tracked at the indicator level.
We believe that hygiene is essential to health and development. It has benefits that reach from nutrition to education, equity, and even economic achievement. But without inclusion in the SDG indicators, a great opportunity to make advancements in these areas will be missed.
Hygiene is not a controversial issue. However, far too often it is left off the agenda. If hygiene is not included in the SDGs, it won’t be because of vocal opponents. Rather, it will be because supporters were not vocal enough about its importance.
We are advocating strongly for hygiene to be included in the SDGs, and we invite you to do the same.
While hygiene is currently included in the SDGs under target 6.2, it is not guaranteed as a global indicator, which means that it will not be measured alongside water and sanitation. The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG) is currently seeking comments from the civil society on proposed indicators for the SDGs. The PPPHW and others within the WASH sector are coordinating a sector-wide response to this consultation and are currently seeking comments and support.
Join us in this important time. Please review our consultation and lend your name asking the IAEG to include hygiene in the SDGs. Together we can make universal hygiene a reality and this is an important step.
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