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South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN), a government led biennial convention held on a rotational basis in each SAARC country provides a platform for interaction on sanitation.  SACOSANs are intended to develop a Regional agenda on sanitation, enabling learning from the past experiences and setting actions for the future.




The objectives of such conferences are to accelerate the progress in sanitation and hygiene promotion in South Asia and to enhance quality of people's life. The SACOSAN process is instrumental to generate political wills towards better sanitation in the region.


South Asian countries namely; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the participating countries. The first conference was held in Bangladesh in 2003, the second in Pakistan in 2006, the third in India in 2008 and the fourth in Sri Lanka in 2011. 

The fifth SACOSAN was be hosted by Nepal  from 22-24 October 2013 in Kathmandu with motto of: "Sanitation for All:All for Sanitation".



SACOSAN-V has been successfully completed in Nepal with three days conference organized on 22-24 October, 2013. Conference concluded with commitment for ODF South Asia with focus on people in disabilities and difficulties.


The next SACOSAN, SACOSAN VI be held in Bangladesh in January 2016, with as motto "Better Sanitation, Better Life"


See SACOSAN-V related documents:


Conference Program

Conference Report

ICWG report

Link to Photos

Link to Presentations

Country Papers

SACOSAN-V Declaration