Sign the petition to include hygiene indicators to the SDGs!

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the successors to the Millennium Development Goals, which expire at the end of 2015. The SDGs are more comprehensive and have greater detail than the MDGs. An early draft included a specific target on hygiene:

SDG 6.2 – By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.

Which had the following indicator:

Percentage of population with a hand washing facility with soap and water in the household.

However the hygiene indicator has dropped from the latest working version of the SDGs.

Kids washing their hands at Reuben school, Mukuru, Nairobi, Kenya on May 16th 2014.
Kids washing their hands at Reuben school

It has long been established that water, sanitation, and hygiene are inseparably linked. Efforts to improve outcomes in one will be undercut if the other two are not addressed. This is why, for example, Sanergy insists soap and water are provided for hand-washing at every Fresh Life Toilet. It is for this reason that a hygiene target must be included in the SDGs.

Sanergy has signed on to a joint letter with over one hundred other civil society organizations, social enterprises, and multinational companies to call for the reinstatement of the hygiene indicator in the SDGs. The inclusion of a hygiene indicator in this top-level framework will aid advocacy efforts in future, help to keep governments focussed on hygiene, and ensure public and private financing are mobilised to achieve hygiene for all.

Intergovernmental negotiations are underway this week to finalise the targets and indicators. You can help make the message heard by signing on to this petition in support of keeping the hygiene indicator in the SDGs.

Raise your hand for hygiene!

This post was authored by Alex Marks of Sanergy’s Policy & Advocacy Team.

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