Mission and objectives

The JMP strategy was formulated by WHO and UNICEF, with support from a newly created Strategic Advisory Group to better position the JMP to address the monitoring challenges in the run up to the MDG target year of 2015 and beyond.

The JMP vision contained in this strategy is to accelerate progress towards universal sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation by 2025, including the achievement of the MDG target by 2015 as a key milestone. The mission of the JMP is to be the trusted source of global, regional and national data on sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation, for use by governments, donors, international organizations and civil society.

To fulfil its mission, the JMP has three strategic objectives:

  • to compile, analyse and disseminate high quality, up-to-date, consistent and statistically sound global, regional and country estimates of progress towards internationally established drinking-water and sanitation targets in support of informed policy and decision making by national governments, development partners and civil society;
  • to serve as a platform for the development of indicators, procedures and methods aimed at strengthening monitoring mechanisms to measure sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation at global, regional and national levels;
  • to promote, in collaboration with other agencies, the building of capacity within government and international organizations to monitor access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation.

Based on the above objectives, the JMP identified four strategic outcomes:

  • Reliable and up-to-date national, regional and global data for monitoring
    sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation coverage
    status and trends compiled and analyzed.
  • Data disseminated, to support informed policy- and decision-making by
    national governments and international development partners.
  • New indicators and data collection mechanisms related to sustainable access
    to safe drinking water and basic sanitation developed and validated, focusing
    on the needs of post-2015 monitoring
  • The ability of developing countries to accurately monitor status and trends
    with respect to the use of safe drinking-water and basic sanitation.

Therefore the four strategic priority areas of activity proposed for the 2010-2015 period are:

  • maintaining the integrity of the JMP database and ensuring accurate global estimates;
  • disseminating data to stakeholders;
  • fulfilling JMP’s normative role in developing and validating target indicators;
  • enhancing interaction between countries and JMP.

The JMP strategy

With the MDG target year of 2015 approaching, new challenges to monitor drinking-water and sanitation arose. To prepare for this, a JMP strategy has been formulated by WHO and UNICEF in 2009.
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