Right to water and sanitation is legally binding, affirms key UN body

The main United Nations body dealing with human rights has affirmed that the right to water and sanitation is contained in existing human rights treaties, and that States have the primary responsibility to ensure the full realisation of this and all other basic human rights.

Lack of access to safe water perpetuates poverty, Ban cautions

Although the world is on track to meet the goal of halving the proportion of people without access to safe water, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that hundreds of millions worldwide still live with an absence of clean water, perpetuating poverty.

Governments must ramp up action to ward off looming water crisis, UN report warns

With competition on the rise between humans and other species for the world’s limited water supplies, governments must take environmental issues into consideration when drafting laws on the use of water to avert an impending water crisis, cautions a new United Nations report.

New UN report stresses benefits of greater funding for water and sanitation projects

Funding commitments for water and sanitation declined as a share of overall development aid over the past decade despite strong evidence that making the two services available to communities could lower health-care costs, raise school attendance and improve productivity, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Unsafe water kills more people than war, Ban says on World Day

More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for better protection and sustainable management of one of the Earth’s most precious resources on the occasion of World Water Day.

Celebrities set off for Kilimanjaro to spotlight water crisis, raise funds – UN

Actors, rappers and environmentalists are scaling Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to spotlight the global clean water crisis, which affects more than 1 billion people worldwide, and to raise funds for the United Nations refugee agency and other humanitarian organizations.