High Level Political Dialogue

What is the High Level Political Dialogue?

The High Level Political Dialogue is the name of SWA’s ongoing two yearly cycle for engaging decision makers and encouraging them to take action on sanitation, water and hygiene. It consists of two key types of meetings:

1. Water and Sanitation Ministers’ Meetings take place every two years and bring together Ministers active in the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors from across the globe. At these meetings, governments and development partners make commitments as part of their strategies to ensure that they reach the sanitation, water and hygiene related targets of the SDGs. Two years later, they report back on their progress towards these commitments, in addition to making new ones.
2. Finance High Level Meetings take place in the year in between the Water and Sanitation Ministers Meetings. At these meetings, Ministers of Finance, Ministers of Development Cooperation and Presidents of Development Banks come together to discuss financing issues and constraints and to work out how they can support countries to achieve their commitments and make progress towards the WASH -related targets of the SDGs. 

However, the meetings in themselves are not enough and a big part of the High Level Political Dialogue is the work done by SWA partners at the national level before these meetings to agree the commitments that will be made and, after the meetings, to monitor the progress towards the commitments and to advocate for them to be kept. Civil society has a key role in ensuring that communities’ voices are heard in the preparation and follow up of these commitments and in pressing for accountability for their delivery. Find out more here.