water and sanitation

Global Acceleration Framework to speed up water and sanitation access for all

A new mechanism launched on Thursday aims to speed up action so that people everywhere will have access to water and sanitation by the end of the decade, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Water access critical to beating back COVID-19 spread in slum areas

As regular hand washing is a key tool in combating COVID-19, the UN and its partners are taking steps to ensure people living in informal settlements have access to running water at this critical time, according to the agency working to achieve more sustainable cities.

Lack of basic water facilities risks millions of lives globally: UN health agency

More than two billion people face grave health risks because basic water facilities are not available in one in four medical centres globally, the UN has said, in an appeal to countries to do more to prevent the transmission of treatable infections that can turn deadly if not washed or flushed, away. 

Toilet talk is essential to help 2.5 billion people who have nowhere to relieve themselves

It’s not every day you see a giant inflatable toilet installed in downtown Geneva outside the UN, but that’s what was on view today, in a bid to raise awareness about the fact that more than 890 million people still defecate in the open.

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Ghanaian student finds value in intercultural exchange

A Ghanaian medical student in Russia says learning the language helped him to not only understand the people but to bear with predicaments ranging from the cold weather to racism.

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UN calls on countries to ensure access to water and sanitation in development agenda

The United Nations and its partners today called on the international community to prioritize ensuring access to water and sanitation to vulnerable populations in the ‘post-2015’ development agenda, stressing this would help combat inequality and promote human rights and sustainability.

California law on human right to water sets example for others – UN expert

The new law passed by the state of California in the United States on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation is an “inspiring example” for governments, a United Nations independent expert said today.

Countries must fully support right to water at Rio+20 conference, says UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today called on governments to “fully support” the right to drinking water and sanitation at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil later this month.