29 09, 2017

Half a million Rohingya arrive in Bangladesh; UN agencies rush to provide shelter, clean water

2017-11-16T15:31:48+00:00 September 29th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it has started distributing plastic sheeting and essential relief items to Rohingyas arriving in from Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh, as part of a massive effort to cut the time refugees spend in the open. “The latest estimate of the number of Rohingya who have arrived in Bangladesh [...]

12 07, 2017

Billions around the world lack safe water, proper sanitation facilities, reveals UN report

2017-11-16T15:33:22+00:00 July 12th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

Some three in ten people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in ten to safely managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has warned, calling on countries to do more to fulfil these basic human needs.

13 04, 2017

‘Radical’ investments needed to meet global water and sanitation targets – UN report

2017-11-16T15:36:56+00:00 April 13th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

Against the backdrop of almost two billion people around the world relying on sources of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, the United Nations has called on countries to “radically” increase investments in water and sanitation infrastructure not only to protect their populations from deadly diseases but also to ensure that they are able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

18 11, 2016

On World Toilet Day, UN spotlights the impact of sanitation on peoples’ livelihoods

2017-11-16T15:39:07+00:00 November 18th, 2016|News, Water and Sanitation|

"Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy. A lack of toilets at work and at home has severe consequences," said Ban Ki-moon.

22 03, 2016

Businesses show SDG support with new #WASHforWork initiative

2017-11-16T15:43:58+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|News, Press material, Water and Sanitation|

11 leading organizations introduced a new initiative called WASH4Work, aimed at mobilizing greater business action to address water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) challenges in the workplace, communities where workers live, and across supply chains.

4 01, 2016

Sanitation becomes separate UN human right in enhanced fight against infection

2017-11-16T15:44:57+00:00 January 4th, 2016|News, Water and Sanitation|

With more than 2.5 billion people worldwide, one third of the total population, living without access to proper toilets, the United Nations General Assembly has recognised sanitation as a separate human right in a bid to curb a major source of deadly infections.

16 12, 2015

UNICEF urges swift action, ‘robust financing’ to close water and sanitation gaps in sub-Saharan Africa

2017-11-16T15:45:06+00:00 December 16th, 2015|News, Water and Sanitation|

Some 180,000 children under the age of five die every year – roughly 500 a day – in sub–Saharan Africa due to diarrhoeal diseases linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene, the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) warned today ahead of a conference in the region on boosting financing for the sector.

18 11, 2015

New global arena needed to confront water challenges, UN board says

2017-11-16T15:45:58+00:00 November 18th, 2015|News, Water and Sanitation|

The supreme importance of water and sanitation to development and well-being merits creation of a powerful new global arena inside the UN, dedicated to resolving water conflicts and common challenges while tracking progress against the world’s newly-agreed development goals.

27 08, 2015

UN health agency unveils sanitation and hygiene plan towards eradicating tropical diseases by 2020

2017-11-16T15:48:44+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Health, News|

The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it is strengthening water, sanitation and hygiene services to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating neglected tropical diseases by 2020 that affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.

30 06, 2015

Despite gains, 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack basic sanitation – UN report

2017-11-16T15:50:08+00:00 June 30th, 2015|Health, News|

United Nations agencies tracking access to water and sanitation targets against the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) warned today that the lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water.