Sanitation, Hygiene and Water for All

  • UN Women and WSSCC work to improve hygiene and sanitation for women and girls
    UN Women and WSSCC work to improve hygiene and sanitation for women and girls

    A new UN Women & WSSCC partnership will strengthen policies in health, hygiene and sanitation to improve economic and social living conditions for women and girls in West and Central Africa.

              
    Last updated: Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:53
  • World Toilet Day gets UN Recognition
    World Toilet Day gets UN Recognition

    The international community is showing its commitment to making sanitation a global development priority by recognising ‘World Toilet Day’ (WTD) on 19 November as an official United Nations day for the first time - a move welcomed by the WSSCC.

              
    Last updated: Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:53
  • South Asian sanitation conference ends with call to be open defecation free by 2023
    South Asian sanitation conference ends with call to be open defecation free by 2023

    The 5th SACOSAN conference supported by WSSCC included a call to end open defecation in South Asia by 2023.

              
    Last updated: Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:54
  • Equality and Non-discrimination in focus
    Equality and Non-discrimination in focus

    For International Women’s Day 2014, WSSCC and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) held a conference called ‘Inspiring Change to Promote Women’s Rights and Dignity’ focusing on  Equality and Non-discrimination .   Photo: WASH United © Sonja Och

              
    Last updated: Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:55
  • GSF helps 1.56 million people gain improved sanitation
    GSF helps 1.56 million people gain improved sanitation

    The Global Sanitation Fund Mid-Year Update 2013, a new report from the UN-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), details programmatic results, reporting methodology and financial data from GSF programmes.

              
    Last updated: Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:54
  • Dignity includes privacy and safety
    Dignity includes privacy and safety

    In some countries, women risk sexual assault when they walk many kilometres to defecate in privacy or fetch water.  Toilets and taps are vital but rape can be fatal. Find out more in our Gender & WASH section.

              
    Last updated: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 11:13
  • Sanitation is vital for health
    Sanitation is vital for health

    Improved sanitation reduces diarrhoea, worms and other diseases which today claim 1.5 million child lives every year, or one every 20 seconds. Action for sanitation saves lives. 

              
    Last updated: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 12:16
  • Sanitation is good for the environment
    Sanitation is good for the environment

    If collected, the world's openly defecated excrement would fill Wembley Stadium -- every day. Uncollected, it fouls the environment and exposes millions of people to disease and squalor. Effective solid waste management helps to reduce risks & improve living conditions.

              
    Last updated: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 12:01
  • Sanitation: bang for the buck
    Sanitation: bang for the buck

    Improved sanitation spurs economic growth and poverty reduction. A dollar invested in sanitation returns $9 in economic benefits.  Imagine it: billions of wealthier, healthier people. Find out more in our GDP-for-GDP campaign.

              
    Last updated: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 10:49
  • Sanitation fosters social development
    Sanitation fosters social development

    Sanitation is dignity, privacy and safety, especially for women and girls. It improves convenience and social status. In schools, it promotes attendance by children, especially girls in puberty. 

              
    Last updated: Mon, 11/15/2010 - 17:41

Topics

In focus

In focus

WSSCC Executive director Christopher Williams spoke at the Thematic Debate on 'Water, Sanitation, and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda' at UN Headquarters on 18-19 February 2014. See it here.

Last updated: Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:37

Resources

Resources

There is a broad consensus that post -2015 targets for WASH should build on the MDGs and address "unfinished business" as a first priority, including the shortfall in progress on sanitation. Read more here.

Last updated: Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:15

Real life stories

Real life stories

Diabou and her 10-year-old child used to have diarrhea, but after a triggering session with GSF partners, she spoke to her husband about getting a toilet of their own. They dug a pit and lined it with tires, Diabou cleans it daily and shows it off with pride. Read the story here

Last updated: Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:42

Advocate for WASH

Advocate for WASH

The life of a child per minute. No one can do everything,  but everybody can do something. Join the UN Call of Action for sanitation. It is up to all of us. See the Call of Action video here

Last updated: Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:14

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Last updated: Tue, 08/14/2012 - 14:45

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Last updated: Tue, 08/14/2012 - 14:59

Video of the month

Reaching the Unreached: Listening to South Asian voices on Equity and Inclusion in WASH. Click the YouTube button at right to see our other videos!

Last updated: Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:27

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