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After a Decade of learning, many methods and approaches have been implemented to achieve the water Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Now, at the end of the Water for Life Decade, we have access to a collection of best practices that can be important for the Post-2015 period, creatively adding to existing best practices and adapting them to fit into different contexts.

These best practices have followed a screening process which includes the Water for Life UN-Water Best Practices Award and UN-Water Zaragoza Annual Conferences. Additional best practices will be added as we continue working with UN agencies and programmes and Member States.

This platform is meant to be used as a way to examine successfully applied practices, and to provide links to useful practices and instructive organizations.

You can search for specific practices by region and by theme.

The themes of participation and gender and water are repeatedly emphasized in creating cultures of better water and sanitation practices. Community participation includes active engagement of all members as well as cross-sectoral communication between the community and its politicians, civil society, and others. The community must participate at all levels to implement practices that are not only functional initially, but will remain in effect to improve the lives of the community. These practices also suggest that increasing the involvement of women can bring great benefits to communities as a whole.

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