The outcomes of much significance from these conferences have been recommendations emerging from the deliberations which were then embodied in Ministerial Declarations to add the weight required for political commitment and action for moving ahead.
The objective of such conferences is to accelerate the progress in sanitation and hygiene promotion in South Asia and to enhance the quality of people's lives. In order to evaluate the progress in SACOSAN, the Inter Country Working Group (ICWG) has been established in the Region, to maintain a dialogue and thrust on fulfilling thecommitments made at every conference .
The Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Hon Rauff Hakeem will lead a delegation of 35 Sri Lankans representing key stakeholders engaged in improving sanitation in Sri Lanka including government , civil society, donors national experts and community organizations, to participate in the SACOSAN VII in Pakistan. The conference will be held from 10th to 14th April 2018 and Sri Lankan professional will engaged in conducting technical session on Financing Sanitation. The session will be chaired by Hon Rauff Hakeem and 4 research papers on financing sanitation will be presented for discussion. New challenges have emerged in the financing of sanitation with the commitment to achieve universal access to safely managed sanitation under the Sustainable Development Goals. Investment decisions on sanitation has to depend on many factors as there is no clear picture on the existing situation unlike water supply
On the 13th of April a ministerial summit with the participation of sector ministers of the SAARC region will be held to sign the Islamabad declaration on agreed commitments based on the outcomes of the conference deliberation over the past 3 days. The South Asian countries take every efforts to implement the commitments made at the conference in the next few years until the next SACOSAN conference at which progress on implementation will be reviewed by all stakeholders including political authority.