drinking water sanitation News

  • Human right to safe drinking water and sanitation at the UN

    The 3rd Commission of the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations made history on 28th July 2010 by overwhelmingly adopting a resolution proclaiming the Human Right to Safe drinking Water and Sanitation. Presented by Bolivia and 33 other States, the resolution received 122 votes in favour with no votes against and 41 abstentions. Founding President Mikhail Gorbachev of Green Cross ...

  • Influential Study Calls for Improved Global Standard for Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

    A study conducted by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine  addresses the need for an improved global standard for safe drinking water and sanitation. Current benchmarks established by ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • World Meets Drinking Water Target but Progress on Sanitation Falls Short

    WaterAid welcomes the news that the world has met its goal to halve the proportion of people without safe drinking water by 2015.  The international non-profit organization has called for a renewed effort to reach the 780 million people still waiting for water. New figures from the WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program Report 2012 ...


    By WaterAid

  • SIWI welcomes UN decision on human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

    Following the recognition of the human right to drinking water and sanitation several months ago, the UN Human Rights Council clarified at a recent session that the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation is derived from the already existing right to adequate standard of living. Member states reached consensus on this decision, which establishes the human right to safe drinking water ...

  • Sanitation for all

    World Toilet Day on 19th November emphasises that over 2.6 billion people lack any form of ‘improved' sanitation; according to CIWEM, it is unacceptable that the Millennium Development Goal to halve the amount of people without access to basic sanitation is arguably the goal farthest from being reached. One-sixth of the world's population get their water from sources contaminated by ...

  • Hillary clinton addresses water and sanitation

    To mark World Water Day, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined the call for immediate action to ensure access to safe, clean water and improved sanitation in the developing world. Speaking at Uniting for Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, an event at the National Geographic Society, Clinton emphasised the importance of water, stating: 'For the US, water represents one of the great ...


    By WaterAid

  • Access to drinking water deteriorating

    UN statistics show that there is a great disparity in the results of the current water and sanitation policies between rural and urban areas. In the rural half of the world - where the needs are currently numerically the highest - it has been possible to improve access to water and sanitation in the past decade. On the contrary, in the urban half of the world, despite having provided access to ...

  • Sanitation `crucial` for tackling water-borne disease

    Effective and affordable interventions that provide the global population with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation are needed if water-borne diseases are ever to be controlled. This is the conclusion of a WHO report entitled 'Safe Water, Better Health', released last week (26 June). The report provides for the first time country-by-country estimates of disease caused by poor ...

  • Meeting the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals

    Business called on governments to take urgent steps to increase commitment at all levels towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water and sanitation during the 16th session of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development (UN CSD). “Businesses of all sizes are significant investors in water, wastewater and sanitation,” said Björn von Euler, ITT's communications ...

  • USAID Officially Joins Sanitation And Water For All Partnership

    WaterAid in America welcomes today's announcement by USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah that USAID will join the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership, a global multi-stakeholder group that brings developing and donor countries together with civil society to tackle the water and sanitation crisis. "We are thrilled that the U.S. government will officially join the partnership. WaterAid is ...


    By WaterAid

  • Participate tomorrow: innovations and solutions in water/sanitation

    Did you know that solving the persistent water and sanitation problems in Africa alone would have a total economic benefit of $22 billion annually? The solutions to the problems related to access to water and sanitation are known and cost-effective. In fact, it is estimated that every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates returns of $8 in saved time, increased productivity, and reduced ...

  • Innovations and solutions in water/sanitation (2/2/11)

    Tomorrow is the first forum in our 2011 Global CSR Issue Series, and the focus is on safe water and sanitation solutions around the globe. Can't attend in person? A live stream will be available here during the event, and you can tweet your questions for the ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Project to improve water supply, sanitation services in Nepal

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will support a Nepal Government project to improve access to water and sanitation services in small towns throughout the country. ADB's Board of Directors approved a $45.1 million grant for the Second Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project, which is expected to bring significant health and hygiene benefits to residents, particularly through the ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

    The World Health Organization has unveiled a global plan to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020. The plan involves integrating water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) with four other public heath ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • Lack of sanitation undermining health improvements

    Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, warn WHO and UNICEF in a report tracking access to drinking water and sanitation, The report, Progress on sanitation and drinking water: 2015 update and MDG assessment, says worldwide, 1 in 3 people, or 2.4 billion, are still without sanitation ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Africa: EIB promotes sanitation projects

    Through collaboration with European Commission The EIB attended the signature of a LSL 201 million works contract with the Lesotho Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) for the rehabilitation, upgrading and construction of wastewater plants in the Maseru region. The EIB previously committed a loan worth LSL 150 million (approx. EUR 14.5 million) in support of this project, which is the second in ...

  • EIB promotes sanitation projects in Africa

    The EIB attended the signature of a LSL 201 million works contract with the Lesotho Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) for the rehabilitation, upgrading and construction of wastewater plants in the Maseru region. The EIB previously committed a loan worth LSL 150 million (approx. EUR 14.5 million) in support of this project, which is the second in the series of WASA’s three-phase investment ...

  • New fund established to improve water and sanitation in Latin America

    The government of Spain and the Inter-American Development Bank signed an agreement to cooperate in the execution of the Fund for Cooperation for Water and Sanitation, a Spanish initiative that is expected to provide up to US$1.5 billion in grants to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean over the next four years. Under the agreement, Spain will set priorities and evaluate the impact of the ...

  • Climate change and lack of sanitation threaten water safety for millions: UNICEF

    On World Water Day, UNICEF says the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children living in drought- or flood-prone areas. In 2015 at the end of the Millennium Development Goal era, all but 663 million people around the world ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Dr Peter Morgan – Inventor in Sanitation – receives the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize

    Dr Peter Morgan of Zimbabwe today received the Stockholm Water Prize for his life-long work to protect the health and lives of millions of people through improved water and sanitation technologies. H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden presented the prize to Dr Morgan at a Royal Award Ceremony during the World Water Week held in Stockholm, Sweden. An estimated 1.8 billion people live ...

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