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Policymakers in the region are more aware than ever of the economic, social, health and environmentalbenefits of adequate sanitation. Various efforts have been made to raise the political profile ofsanitation, through a United Nations General Assembly resolution (No. 61/192) that declared 2008the International Year of Sanitation, regional high-level sanitation conferences (SACOSAN andEASAN) and close monitoring of the related Millennium Development Goal targets. This improvedunderstanding is also demonstrated by a wide array of institutional changes, undertaken during thepast five years in countries that are lagging behind. This report presents the institutional progress made in selected member countries towards achievingsanitation goals, as reported in an ESCAP-led survey. Institutional progress consists of changes inadministrative, legal and financial rules and practices that have been made with sanitation goals inmind. It also includes the “slow-moving” institutions, which are social norms and practices, generalawareness of the public and the ensuing demand for sanitation services.

Policymakers in the region are more aware than ever of the economic, social, health and environmentalbenefits of adequate sanitation. Various efforts have been made to raise the political profile ofsanitation, through a United Nations General Assembly resolution (No. 61/192) that declared 2008the International Year of Sanitation, regional high-level sanitation conferences (SACOSAN andEASAN) and close monitoring of the related Millennium Development Goal targets. This improvedunderstanding is also demonstrated by a wide array of institutional changes, undertaken during thepast five years in countries that are lagging behind. This report presents the institutional progress made in selected member countries towards achievingsanitation goals, as reported in an ESCAP-led survey. Institutional progress consists of changes inadministrative, legal and financial rules and practices that have been made with sanitation goals inmind. It also includes the “slow-moving” institutions, which are social norms and practices, generalawareness of the public and the ensuing demand for sanitation services.

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