1.5 International frameworks
Awareness of the importance of inclusion in WASH has grown throughout the world in recent years resulting in new initiatives at both international and national levels. At international level, the United Nations (UN) has produced several proclamations, protocols and resolutions that promote the principle of access for all. These UN initiatives provide a framework for policies at national level. If individual countries choose to ratify (approve) a specific international agreement, the government has a responsibility to incorporate its principles within their national policies and programmes.
Two of the most significant UN frameworks are the Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.