Monitoring sanitation and wastewater services for the Sustainable Development Goals
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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include ambitious global targets for drinking water, sanitation and wastewater services. The indicator for SDG target 6.2, ‘use of safely managed sanitation services’ and for SDG target 6.3 ‘wastewater safely treated’, seek to go beyond the toilet to ensure that sanitation services protect public health and the environment. Countries have now begun to address data gaps along the sanitation service chain and to strengthen the monitoring of wastewater treatment and reuse. This includes addressing a major data gap on the management of onsite sanitation services, such as septic tanks and latrines.
This collection of papers – a collaboration between the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene, UN-Habitat and npj Clean Water – will broadly explore efforts to monitor the full sanitation chain from containment, transport, treatment and final disposal or reuse. Studies examining inequalities in exposure to the impacts of inadequate sanitation and wastewater treatment, focused on vulnerable populations such as those living in refugee or IDP settings, and the specific sanitation and wastewater services needs of women and girls and persons living with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Submissions are equally encouraged from low-, middle- and high-income countries.
npj Clean Water is a new Nature Research journal and is part of the Nature Partner Journal family. The journal is open access, ensuring that all papers in this collection will be freely available, enabling wide readership. See the journal website for information about article processing charges (APC). APCs may be waived or reduced for certain institutional partners, or for papers whose corresponding authors are based in countries classified as low-income or lower-middle-income economies. Nature offers funding and support services for authors to discover and apply for funding to cover APCs. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2024 and papers will be published on the journal website as soon as they are accepted, and then additionally gathered together on a unique webpage.
Group Leader, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health (ECH), WHO/UNICEF
Sr Statistics & Monitoring Specialist (WASH), UNICEF
Chief, Waste Management and Sanitation, UNHABITAT
Freelance Consultant, World Health Organization
Senior Fellow, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Water, Environment and Development, Cranfield University, UK
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Makerere University, Uganda
Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS-ISF), University of Technology Sydney, Australia