The regional initiative for monitoring access to water and sanitation is aimed to establish and institutionalize a regional mechanism for monitoring and reporting on access to water supply and sanitation services in the Arab region through a set of additional indicators which was proposed and later approved by the Arab Ministerial Water Council as the basis for monitoring access to water and sanitation services (MDG+ Initiative).
In light of the current global debate to shape the position of water within the post-2015 global development agenda and the global trend towards a human rights approach for water and sanitation the MDG+ initiative is an opportunity to harmonize national systems on a global by:
- Enhancing the regional and national monitoring capacity.
- Establishing a regional data management platform.
- Institutionalizing a regional monitoring program.
- Supporting regional dialogue and contributing to the global policy debate.
The purpose of the additional indicators is to consider not only accessibility to improved infrastructure, but also reliability, affordability, sustainability and quality of service provided. The additional indicators were developed in the process of regional inter-governmental consultations, involving Arab Governments and institutions.
Partners: UN ESCWA, SIDA, Arab Ministerial Water Council
Mr. Mohamed Al-Hamdi
Sustainable Development and Productivity Division
Tel: +961 1 978 524
Fax: +961 1 981 510
Mr. Jarrah AlZubi
Head of MDG+ Unit
Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA)