The World Water Week in Stockholm  is the annual meeting platform for the world’s most urgent water-related issues.

The World Bank is one of the three collaborating partners for the World Water Week 2014, which will be held under the theme of energy and water in an effort to address the complex interlinkages between the two resources.

The proposed WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) WASH Post 2015 goals for sanitation calls for universal access to basic improved sanitation – by the year 2030. In order to reach universal access globally by 2030,  the global community will need to increase access by about 2% per year.

Interactive Map: Water and Sanitation Access

A water and sanitation monitoring program is helping governments prioritize major reforms and has also identified the need for US$864 million of additional annual investment to help El Salvador, Honduras and Panama meet their national goals for water and sanitation.

Related links:
Brief: Monitoring Country Progress in Water and Sanitation
Slideshow: Report Identifies Bottlenecks in Water And Sanitation Delivery
Report: El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama

Sparked by the continuing challenges experienced by water utilities to connect poor communities to networks, and to recover costs, there has been a notable surge of interest in the use and implications of pre-paid meters for water supply service provision in African cities.

Related links:
Africa Water Week

Feature Story: Africa Water Week in Senegal: Placing Water at the Heart of the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Finance, water, and sanitation ministers, representatives of leading sanitation and water agencies, among others, outlined future commitments to sanitation.

Press Release: World Bank Group President Flags Sanitation as Key Priority for Ending Poverty

Blog: Why should Governments Spend on Sanitation?

Related: WASH POST-2015

Featured Initiatives

Scaling Up Rural Sanitation
Supporting governments and private sector to implement sanitation programs at scale.
Economics of Sanitation (ESI)
Study estimates billions of dollars in losses from poor sanitation.
Domestic Private Sector Participation
Assisting domestic private sector participants to help increase access to water and sanitation services, especially for the poor.

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