“Pakistan succeeded to have access to improved sanitation from 24% to 64% from 1990 to 2015” Zahid Hamid

 Pakistan succeeded to have access to improved sanitation from 24% to 64% from 1990 to 2015” Zahid Hamid

 

Federal Minister for climate Change Zahid represented Pakistan at “Sanitation and Water for All” high-level meetings held in Washington DC, USA.

He highlighted in the meeting it is unfortunate that about 40% of the people of the South Asia region, nearly one billion people, do not have access to improved sanitation and more than 600 million still defecate in the open.

He also added while most South Asian countries met their respective Millennium Development Goal targets for water in 2015, the region failed to meet the MDG target for Sanitation. As against the target of 61% access to improved sanitation, the region achieved about 47%.

He further told the audience that Pakistan’s success in achieving the MDG target for sanitation is particularly noteworthy because of the massive increase in access to improved sanitation from a mere 24% in 1990 to 64% in 2015. The achievement is all the more gratifying and commendable when seen in the context of the colossal earthquake in 2005 and massive floods in 2010, which posed significant hurdles.

He also told the participants that The Government of Pakistan, particularly during the last three years under Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, along with the Provincial Governments, provided the requisite leadership and enabling environment for taking the “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene” (WASH) program at scale.  Development sector partners demonstrated models, academic institutions came forward to provide creative input, the private sector participated actively and effectively, Civil Society Organizations helped mobilize people at the grass-roots level and, above all, the people of Pakistan themselves became the flag-bearers of change

At the ministerial meetings, participants had the opportunity to engage in policy debate, exchange lessons learned and held each other mutually accountable for progress on improving access to sanitation and drinking water for all. These ministerial meetings builton previous SWA High-level Meetings of Ministers of Finance (in 20102012, and 2014) and of Ministers responsible for Sanitation, Water and Hygiene (in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016).