The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation is the formal instrument to measure MDG 7 target C: to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation. The 2010-2015 strategy of the WHO/UNICEF JMP includes the programme’s role to serve as the platform for the development of proposals for post-2015 goals, targets and indicators. The JMP has begun a coordinated consultation process with the following objectives:

  • Review the current global drinking-water and sanitation monitoring landscape
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current MDG target
  • Discuss the relevance of the human right to water and sanitation to future targets and monitoring
  • Design a process of related target and indicator development, and
  • Reach agreement on a road-map towards having functional indicators ready for use by 2015.

This Consultation developed a road-map and for its implementation four working groups were established and launched in January 2012. The working groups include Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Equity and non-discrimination.

The Water Working Group, with representation from practitioners from the north and south, academia, civil society, statistics and monitoring, are responsible for proposing water goals and indicators for global monitoring after 2015.

Consultation – Objectives

Timeframe: November 2012 – March 2013

1.) Stimulate a wide range of global discussions with citizens, governments, civil society, academia, private sector, UN agencies among other on water-related priority issues to be reflected in the future post’2015 goals and targets.

2.) Analyze and share experiences from the present MDGs on water and sanitation and bring out evidence on progress and drawbacks from the implementation focusing the unfinished agenda.

3.) Examine policy options and responses at local, national, and international levels, and how these options might be deployed to inform the post 2015 agenda.

4.) Foster a shared position/vision on a future goal on water.

Consultation – Process

Water Consultation will be subdivided into manageable number of “focus areas,” each led by one or more UN-Water Member, Partner, Member State or organization with relevant expertise/experience and with wide outreach. The consultation will be web-based, to capture general ideas, experiences, and visions on water in the post-2015 development agenda from a citizen’s perspective. It will NOT be an expert discussion, but an inspirational and aspirational platform. Focus areas, or “sub-consultations” are as following:

1.) “Access to safe drinking water, sustainable sanitation and hygiene”

2.) “Water resources Management”

3.) Waste water and Water Quality


October 2012 High Level Event on Inequalities in the Post 2015 Development Ageanda for Water Sanitation and Hygiene in New York

November 2012 Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership meeting in Johannesburg

November – December 2012 Commissioning of framing papers on key water-related topics to kick-off the online discussions

December 3-5, 2012 JMP High Level Meeting in the Hague

January – February 2013 Online consultation open to all interested stakeholders Consultation/Discussion will be kicked off by an eminent person posing urgent questions – focus will be on identified key challenges for future water agenda. Consultation aims at having broad participation of stakeholders in water issues.

22 March 2013 Final High Level meeting proposed to be held in The Hague in conjunction with World Water Day Celebration

Source: “Thematic Consultation on Post 2015 Development Agenda on Water” – UN Water, UNDESA, UN Habitat, UNICEF, Netherlands, Switzerland, implemented by UN Water Task Force – October 19, 2012 – www.WorldWeWant2015.org/water