September 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the eight
Millennium Development Goals that challenged the global community to reduce poverty
and increase the health and well-being of all peoples. In September 2002, the
World Summit on Sustainable Development in
Despite significant efforts by governments, progress
on sanitation targets has been slow and uneven. Recognising the impact of
sanitation on public health, poverty reduction, economic and social
development, and the environment, the General Assembly decided to declare 2008
the International Year of Sanitation. The General Assembly encouraged
The Year was officially launched in
The official website for the IYS 2008.
All the International Years proclaimed by the General Assembly.
last revised: 18 July 2009