The JMP is the official mechanism of the UN system mandated to monitor global progress towards MDG Target 7.C: Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
This joint WHO/UNICEF programme, established in 1990, builds on earlier monitoring activities carried out by WHO since the 1960s. Its objectives are to provide regular global reports on drinking-water and sanitation coverage to facilitate sector planning and management, to support countries in their efforts to improve their monitoring systems, and to provide information for advocacy.
JMP reports every two years on progress against the MDG Indicators on drinking water and sanitation: “The proportion of population using an improved drinking water source” and “The proportion of population using an improved sanitation facility”, separately for rural and urban areas. JMP is the only drinking water and sanitation monitoring mechanism that provides information allowing comparison between countries and over time.