Latest International Year of Sanitation Stories

2012-06-13 14:44:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Maintaining the world´s large river basins will be a key to bolstering the overall health and economies of the regions containing them, according to a new report by the United Nations. Despite the importance given to these major waterways, the study´s projections show that seven of the top 10 river basins are currently being used at volumes that are unsustainable. At the same time, the study reported that almost 25 percent of worldwide GDP will...

2011-09-14 12:12:09

linking nutrition, health, and water/sanitation delivers better results for world´s poorest As governments prepare to gather at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 19 and 20, a new report published by a group of six influential aid agencies provides clear and compelling evidence that a combined approach to tackling poverty and disease–that brings together work on water and sanitation, health, education, and nutrition/food security–achieves better...

2011-07-19 07:30:00

New Strategy Promotes Adoption of Safe, Affordable Sanitation in the Developing World KIGALI, Rwanda, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the launch of a strategy to help bring safe, clean, sanitation services to millions of poor people in the developing world. In a keynote address at the 2011 AfricaSan Conference in Kigali, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation's Global Development Program, called on donors,...

2010-04-22 15:09:00

Countries with the greatest unmet sanitation and water needs most often receive little or no aid WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Between 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to 5%, lower than commitments for health, education, transport, energy and agriculture, according to the latest UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report, launched yesterday by UN-Water and the World Health...

2010-04-14 14:11:18

UNU-INWEH report offers 9-point prescription for achieving Millennium Development Goal for sanitation by 2015 Far more people in India have access to a cell phone than to a toilet and improved sanitation, according to UN experts who published today a 9-point prescription for achieving the world's Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for sanitation by 2015. They also urge the world community to set a new target beyond the MDG (which calls for a 50 percent improvement in access to adequate...

2010-03-22 05:00:00

WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- InterAction joins other U.S.-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in calling for the United States government to commit available resources to solve the world's growing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) crisis. World Water Day provides us with an opportunity to focus attention on the fact that millions of people in the developing world lack access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Access to clean water and basic...

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