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ESCWA Water Development Report 5

Issues in sustainable water resources management and water services in the Arab region

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The Arab Ministerial Water Council (AMWC) took the initiative to establish a regional monitoring mechanism for water and sanitation services that builds upon indicators globally monitored under the UNICEF-WHO Joint Monitoring Program (JMP), and tasked ESCWA to lead its development and implementation. This regional initiative coincides in time, and reflects in context, the recent resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council declaring the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right. This development will in turn influence the orientation of the anticipated water and sanitation target that will be included in the post-2015 development agenda based on the Rio+20 outcome document, “The Future We Want.”

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The MDG+ initiative

In view of improving monitoring and reporting on water supply and sanitation services in the Arab region, a regional effort was launched to develop a mechanism that builds upon the baseline information collected by JMP. A set of additional indicators that respond to regional issues and concerns that affect access to water supply and sanitation services in the Arab region, have been developed. The resulting MDG+ Initiative aims to establish and institutionalize a regional mechanism for monitoring and reporting on access to water supply and sanitation services in Arab countries based on the regional context in view of developing a knowledge platform that provides reliable data, information and analysis regarding the level and quality of access to water supply and sanitation services in the region.

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