Environmental and Social Justice Award 2014  
  October 2014, Kandy- CEJ recognised thirteen environmental and social rights defenders who served many years during the Environmental and Social Justice Award 2014.Former vice president of the International Court of Justice,  
CSO meeting on Developments in Sanitation

Civil society meeting on the developments in sanitation was held in Hotel Tamarined Tree in Sri Lanka from 1 and 2 April 2011 with the participation on over 140 civil society members representing various sectors in in the SAARC countries. CSOs call the governments to include the right to sanitation in the legislation and make it legally enforceable and operationalise in sector policies.

What is SACOSAN IV?  
South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) is a platform for dialogue and influence to address sanitation challenge in meeting the region’s sanitation targets related to the United Nations declared Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). South Asian Countries meet every 2 years since 2003 to engage in this dicussion and evaluate the sanitation achievements. SACOSAN IV will be held in Colombo from 4 - 8 April 2011. Venue: Hotel Cinnamon Grand, Colombo. Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage act as the main organizer and operate the SACOSAN IV Secretariat.  
Civil Society events  

Civil Society organisations are playing a major role in organising SACOSAN IV. Water Aid, Freshwater Action Network-South Asia and WSSCC is in join hands to engage SACOSAN IV process.

Centre for Environmental Justice is the host organisation for the Civil society actions.

Civil Sciety event will be held in April 1-2 in Hotel Tamarind Tree in Peellawatta, Minuwangoda.

More information Dilhara Fonseka jeewanthidilhara@gmail.com

Reading Material    
What is South Asian Conference on Sanitation? Fresh Water Action Network South Asia, (FANSA)

Brochure for National Workshop on 4th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN IV) published by CEJ/FOE Sri Lanka
Potable Water and safe Sanitation are two sides of a coin. Access to safe and affordable water is a basic right. Sanitation is fundamental to personal hygiene and for maintaining a clean environment within households which is vital for family health. About 39% of the world’s population which is over 2.6 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation facilities, which is far short of achieving the MDGs for sanitation. According to the WHO if the current trend continues unchanged, many countries will miss the target set out for sanitation by 2015.  
  Counting the cost Poor progress on sanitation in South Asia -by Water Aid  
Diarrhoea is the leading cause of child deaths in South Asia. Universal access targets have been set in the region and changes made, yet governments are still failing to act with the urgency required. At current rates of progress, the 2015 MDG target for sanitation will not be met in South Asia until 2043 – 28 years too late.  
A Snapshot of Sanitation in SACOSAN Countries - WHO/UNICEF  
A special tabulation based on the 2008 Report of the WHO/UNICEF - Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP)  
The Delhi Declaration  
The Delhi Declaration was signed during the Third South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN III)“ SANITATION FOR DIGNITY AND HEALTH” November 16-21 2008, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India.  
SACOSAN IV Message    
  • Sanitation is fundamental to personal hygiene and maintaining a clean environment within households for a healthy family.
  • Sanitation means- maintaining a hygienic environment to protect public health. Improved sanitation means, ‘Using a toilet with a environmentally acceptable disposal system’.
  • Adequate sanitation means ‘using a toilet to minimize health impacts’
  • Access to sanitation is vital for ensuring health, dignity and sustainable social and economic development for the world’s poorest citizens.
  • House hold sanitation is achieved through using a toilet with a proper substructure to dispose excreta in order to protect the living environment and ground water,.
  • Hand washing after - using a toilet is an important aspect of sanitation to maintain personal and family health.
  • Hygiene education and behaviour change are key to sustainable sanitation.
Sanitation is achievable,    
Sanitation is vital for health,    
Sanitation is a good economic investment,  
Sanitation contributes to social development,  
Sanitation helps the environment.    
Civil Society Events financed by  

National Secretariat:

Ananda Jayaweera or Sugandhi Samarasinghe,
Tel/ Fax: (+94) 0112 808165 Mobile: 0777 444544
SACOSAN IV Secretariat, Ministry of Water Supply & Drainage, No 34, Narahenpita Road, Nawala, SriLanka- www.sacosan4lk.org
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National Steering Committee   
Ministry of Water Supply & Drainage, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Government & Provincial Councils, Ministry of Finance& Planning, Ministry of Mass Media and Information, Ministry of Environment, National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Community Water Supply and Sanitation project, National Planning Department, University of Moratuwa, Open University of Sri Lanka, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WHO, World Bank, Plan International, Practical Action, Sri Lanka Initiative on Resource Centre for Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (SRIWASH), Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum, Energy Forum and Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ)  
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