The Open Government and Water and Sanitation Declaration is an international call to bring together water and open government reformers and mobilize ambitious action that strengthens implementation of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) service delivery. It outlines targeted recommendations that leverage transparency, participation and accountability that can be utilized through Open Government Partnership and other WASH forums to increase collaboration and realize the human right to water and sanitation.
The Declaration was created through an inclusive participatory process with organisations, networks and activists , International institutions and partnerships to bring the open government and water communities together on a concrete agenda to promote open government and WASH commitments through the Open Government Partnership to deliver on the needs of the most vulnerable for their basic rights to water and sanitation. This include the drafting of a Declaration by a broad coalition of civil society and international organizations who acted as an advisory council .
This Declaration was completed during the COVID- 19 Pandemic which highlight the critical importance of water for health and community safety. The Declaration has now been endorsed by over 50 organisations including the Inter American Development Bank to help build a movement for open government action on WASH delivery challenges. The Declaration has been used as a tool to support civil society in countries including Mexico and Indonesia to understand the type of water commitments that need to be prioritised in the OGP Partnership. To learn more information read about the Declaration check out the launch video here and the Declaration in Spanish or English .