Water, sanitation and hygiene Post 2015 – NEW FACT SHEET 12 pages

Date: 24th February 2014

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 Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are essential for health, welfare and livelihoods. Increased access and better serviceslead to higher levels of school achievement and improved economic productivity. Yet too many people do not have these basic human rights. After 2015, we must do better.

By 2030:

• to eliminate open defecation;

• to achieve universal access to basic drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for households, schools and health facilities; 

• to halve the proportion of the population without access at home to safely managed drinking water and sanitation services; and

• to progressively eliminate inequalities in access.

These recommendations have been developed through an extensive technical consultation; over 100 experts from over 60 organizations worldwide have debated them during the last three years. They are ambitious, yet achievable. More information about the consultation process, corresponding definitions of terms and indicators, and the ways these targets contribute towards progress on poverty, health, nutrition, education, gender and economic growth can be found at www.wssinfo.org

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