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SACOSAN VI, Dhaka, January 2016

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In January 2016 several hundred delegates from eight South Asian countries gathered for the sixth biennial SACOSAN conference. The first SACOSAN was organized in 2003 in Dhaka. There was much discussion and thinking about what has been accomplished since then, and what challenges now face the sector. Participating counties were Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. All sent high-level government officers to participate. There were representatives from SAARC, the World Bank, UNICEF, academia, and civil society organizations, especially NGO's and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC).

Every participating country prepared a Country Paper, discussing the status of sanitation. At the end of the conference the group of government officers signed a Dhaka Declaration, about the future of SACOSAN and common sanitation needs and priorities.