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Task Force on Sanitation (2007-2008)

Established in 2007, the UN-Water Task Force on Sanitation aimed to increase the effectiveness of global efforts to reach the sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


During 2007 – 2008, the UN-Water Task Force on Sanitation devoted considerable time and resources to the preparations, the launch and the implementation of the International Year of Sanitation (IYS). The UN-Water Task Force on Gender and Water also contributed to this important initiative.

The Task Force worked with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and other IYS partners to build the evidence base that links sanitation to child mortality and other Millennium Development Goals, develop plans and strategies and form new partnership frameworks.

The Task Force collaborated with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in organizing the global launch of the IYS and provided inputs for the IYS public service announcement, which was produced by the UN Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB). The Task Force also supported regional launches at the Asia Pacific Water Summit and the East Asia Sanitation Conference, as well as several country launches.

In addition, the Task Force developed a global matrix of activities designed to enhance coordination and synergies, established a potential list of sanitation spokespersons and advocates and contributed to the IYS Web site, which is maintained by UNDESA. The Task Force also succeeded in raising financial resources for IYS global activities from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID). These resources were used to prepare advocacy materials, media kits and the publication, 'Tackling a Global Crisis: International Year of Sanitation 2008'.

Along with its activities in support of the IYS, the Task Force was also deeply involved in preparations for World Water Day 2008, which focused on sanitation.

Coordinating organization and contacts


Clarissa Brocklehurst
Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at UNICEF


UNICEF • UN-HABITAT • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) • United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action "Water for Life" 2005-2015 (UNO-IDfA) • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) • The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) • The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) • United Nations University (UNU) • World Health Organization (WHO)

Last update:07 Oct 2014