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10th SACOSAN Working Group Meeting to be held in Sri Lanka


The 10th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) Inter Country Working Group Meeting will be held on September 11 till 13 at Ozo Hotel in Colombo.

The meeting will be held under the patronage of Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem and State Minister Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle. 

The keynote speech will be delivered by Secretary to President Austin Fernando.

Minister Hakeem said that representatives from the SAARC region, the UNICEF and World Bank, the primary financial supporters of the sanitation facilities will also participate.

The South Asian region faces many challenges in sanitation.

Sri Lanka has achieved a greater progress in providing sanitation facilities when compared with other countries in the South Asian region.

Open defecation which stands at around 2 percent will be totally eliminated by 2020, the Minister said.

He further added that they are working together with the Health and Education Ministries to introduce sanitation facilities in schools, especially for girls.

The SACOSAN conference will be held in Pakistan next year.