South Asian Conferences on Sanitation (SACOSAN)

South Asian Conferences on Sanitation (SACOSAN)                 


Sanitation is one of the basic necessities, which contributes to human dignity and quality of life. It is pre-requisite for fighting against diseases and ill health particularly child morbidity and mortality. It is therefore essential for developing countries including Pakistan that comprehensive programmes for delivery of sanitation services are launched on priority basis. It was for the same reason that sanitation was included in the Millennium Declaration. Targets were also set under Millennium Development Goal 7 on environmental sustainability to halve the population without access to basic sanitation by 2015. Since then countries have been striving hard to reach this target by individual efforts as well as regional and international cooperation. The process of organization of South Asian Conferences on Sanitation (SACOSAN) is an important step in that direction.

TheFirst SACOSAN was organized by the Bangladesh Government in Dhaka during 2002, followed by the Second SACOSAN in Islamabad, Pakistan on 20-21 September 2006. The Third SACOSAN wasorganized in New Delhi, India on 16-21 November 2008. The Fourth and Fifth arescheduled in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kathmandu, Nepal in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Following documents related to the three SACOSAN would be providing insights of what was achieved in these regional conferences:

SACOSAN-1 Dhaka, Bangladesh, 21 - 23 October 2003

SACOSAN-2 Islamabad, Pakistan, 20 - 21 September 2006

SACOSAN-3 New Delhi, India, 16 - 21 November 2008

“Sanitation enhances quality of life”
4TH – 7th April 2011
Colombo, Sri Lanka


Urdu Translation of SACOSAN Declarations