AfricaSan Ministerial Statement: The eThekwini Declaration, Durban, South Africa, 18-21 February 2008

Sectors : Water and Sanitation, Gender and social development, Disaster risk reduction and reconstruction
Date made: 
2008

Commitments

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Water and Sanitation

“We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations responsible for sanitation and hygiene from 32 African countries…Do hereby pledge ourselves to the following “eThekwini commitments on sanitation:

1. To bring the messages, outcomes and commitments made at AfricaSan 2008 to the attention of the African Union at its 2008 Heads of State and Government Summit to raise the profile of sanitation and hygiene on the continent;

2. To support the leadership of AMCOW to track the implementation of' the eThekwini Declaration and prepare a detailed report on progress in mid 2010, when AMCOW will provisionally host a follow up AfricaSan event;

3. To establish, review, update and adopt national sanitation and hygiene policies within 12 months of AfricaSan 2008; establish one national plan for accelerating progress to meet national sanitation goals and the MDGs by 2015, and take the necessary steps to ensure national sanitation programs are on track to meet these goals:

4. To increase the profile of sanitation and hygiene in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and other relevant strategy related processes;

5 To ensure that one, principal, accountable institution takes clear leadership of the national sanitation portfolio; establish one coordinating body with specific responsibility for sanitation and hygiene, involving all stakeholders, including but not limited to those responsible for finance, health, water, education, gender, and local government;

6. To establish specific public sector budget allocations for sanitation and hygiene programs. Our aspiration is that these allocations should be a minimum of 0.5% or GDP for sanitation and hygiene;

7. To use effective and sustainable approaches, such as household and community led initiatives, marketing for behavior change, educational programs, and caring for the environment, which make a specific impact upon the poor, women, children, youth and the unserved;

8. To development and implement sanitation information, monitoring systems and tools to track progress at local and national levels and to work with global and regional bodies to produce a regular regional report on Africa's sanitation status, the first of which to he published by mid-2010;”

...10. To build and strengthen capacity for sanitation and hygiene implementation including research and development, and support knowledge exchange and partnership development;”

Scope: 
Africa

“We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations responsible for sanitation and hygiene from 32 African countries...Do hereby pledge ourselves to the following “eThekwini commitments on sanitation:...

...9. To recognize the gender and youth aspects of sanitation and hygiene, and involve women in all decision making levels so that policy, strategy and practice reflect gender sensitive approaches to sanitation and hygiene;”

Scope: 
Africa

“We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations responsible for sanitation and hygiene from 32 African countries...Do hereby pledge ourselves to the following “eThekwini commitments on sanitation:...

...11. To give special attention to countries or areas which are emerging from conflict or natural disaster.”

Scope: 
Africa