How much will ‘sanitation for all’ cost?

How much will ‘sanitation for all’ cost?

To achieve universal sanitation, as covered in SDG 6 target 6.2, one important piece of information to know is what expenditure is required to achieve it – how much is needed, where it is needed, and when it is needed. As progress is made towards the SDG targets, new...

Sanitation success stories

Sanitation success stories

In this collection of stories from around the world, UNICEF shows that while the challenges are significant, meeting the goal of universal sanitation by 2030 is possible – with greater investment, sustained effort and increased rates of sanitation coverage. Many...

Regulating sanitation services as a public good

Regulating sanitation services as a public good

In this blog to accompany the launch of the State of the World’s Sanitation report, Yvonne Magawa (ESAWAS), Batsirai Majuru (WHO), Bisi Agberemi (UNICEF), Jan-Willem Rosenboom and Alyse Schrecongost (BMGF) make the case for sanitation as a public good. For too long,...

Learning from history: Sanitation for prosperity

Learning from history: Sanitation for prosperity

In this blog to accompany the launch of the State of the World’s Sanitation report, Kelly Ann Naylor and Bruce Gordon, Heads of WASH for UNICEF and WHO respectively, make the point that no country has achieved high income status without first investing in sanitation....

State of the World’s Sanitation report

State of the World’s Sanitation report

For the first time WHO and UNICEF bring together the data on sanitation coverage and investment, and how it impacts health, economies, and the environment. Citing evidence on what works from successful countries and global guidelines, WHO and UNICEF call for strong...

Just launched: Connecting the Unconnected report

Just launched: Connecting the Unconnected report

There is a reoccurring challenge faced in cities around the world where, despite the immediate proximity of trunk sewerage infrastructure, too many households choose not to connect to the sewers for various social, economic or related reasons. In addition, service...

COVID-19 and the human rights to water and sanitation

COVID-19 and the human rights to water and sanitation

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, together with 22 other mandate-holders, have made a joint statement underscoring the vital need to guarantee access to water and sanitation during the pandemic, particularly to those in...

Modernizing wastewater treatment in Sri Lanka

Modernizing wastewater treatment in Sri Lanka

Sewerage management is more than just ‘flushing it away’ – waste must be contained, treated and disposed of safely. In a blog by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Andreas Ulrich explains that in many countries ageing infrastructure and growing urban...

Colour my human rights to water and sanitation

Colour my human rights to water and sanitation

To celebrate the 10th birthday of the human rights to water and sanitation, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation has released two children's storybooks, also available as colouring books.  Children are encouraged to colour...

IWRA webinar on Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change

IWRA webinar on Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change

This webinar, hosted by the International Water Resources Association (IWRA), will focus on this year’s World Toilet Day theme: sustainable sanitation and climate change. Invited panellists will cover a range of topics, including: Opportunities for sustainable...

Turning human waste into an economic resource

Turning human waste into an economic resource

An initiative in Ghana is focusing on sanitation processes ‘after the flush’ - turning human waste into an economic resource. The CapVal project is implementing several resource recovery and reuse solutions that have significant potential to incentivize more...

Catalysing citywide sanitation for all

Catalysing citywide sanitation for all

The need for sustainable, equitable and inclusive sanitation solutions in urban areas across the globe is greater than ever before, particularly in the wake of the global health crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, amid rapid urbanisation and climate change...

Appeal to human rights defenders on World Toilet Day

Appeal to human rights defenders on World Toilet Day

In his open letter to human rights defenders, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation Mr Pedro Arrojo-Agudo asks for involvement in the ‘Prohibition of Water Disconnection’ project. This is a call for people to gather...

Ending open defecation in Sahel

Ending open defecation in Sahel

In this case study from Burkina Faso, the One Drop Foundation tells the story of a successful behaviour change pilot project combining CLTS with social art to help end open defecation. Nearly 21,500 people in the communes of Gorom-Gorom and Falagountou - located in...

Sanitation for our rapidly growing cities

Sanitation for our rapidly growing cities

Currently, more than four billion people live in urban areas - a number projected to rise to nearly 7 billion by 2050.    Today, nearly 57% of people who live in cities lack safely managed sanitation, and 16% don’t have access to even basic sanitation.  A range of...

Quiz: test your knowledge on sustainable sanitation

Quiz: test your knowledge on sustainable sanitation

Every year, the International Water Association Publishing celebrates World Toilet Day with a quiz on the current theme. Why not take a couple of minutes to test your knowledge about sustainable sanitation and climate change. Take the quiz!

Sanitation and climate change are two sides in one coin

Sanitation and climate change are two sides in one coin

Rapid urbanization and climate change are among the key factors straining sanitation infrastructure and facilities in East African countries including Tanzania. To tackle these challenges, WaterAid Tanzania has been a key partner to the Government through the city...

Connecting toilets and climate change

Connecting toilets and climate change

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands.  They have been developing innovative sustainable sanitation programmes for many years, introducing such...

World Toilet Summit Virtual 2020

World Toilet Summit Virtual 2020

The World Toilet Summit, hosted by Project ECHO and the World Toilet Organization, is a global toilet and sanitation-focused conference, and this year no-one has to travel to attend. The international summit - on 18th and 19th November 2020 - provides a forum for...

COVID-19 Technical Brief for Sanitation Professionals

COVID-19 Technical Brief for Sanitation Professionals

This technical brief from Canadian charity and engineering firm CAWST summarizes what is known about COVID-19 and sanitation, including the risks related to exposure to wastewater and faecal sludge, and offers tips on how to safely continue offering latrine and septic...

How can sanitation combat antimicrobial resistance?

How can sanitation combat antimicrobial resistance?

World Toilet Day coincides with World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.  Improvements in sanitation and wastewater management can prevent millions of infections that would otherwise be treated with antibiotics and also reduce the  spread of antimicrobial resistance in the...

¿Como esta América Latina en términos de saneamiento?

¿Como esta América Latina en términos de saneamiento?

En los últimos anos América Latina y el Caribe ha logrado avances en proveer agua para cerca del 95% de sus habitantes, pero la tarea de llevar saneamiento seguro para todos es la mas rezagada, especialmente en las zonas rurales. En América Latina y el Caribe, casi 83...

Toilet Board Coalition events

Toilet Board Coalition events

Join the Toilet Board Coalition this World Toilet Day for a dynamic series of events celebrating the entrepreneurs and businesses at the forefront of the sanitation economy: Accelerator Programme India Celebration November 19, 6am ET / 12pm CET / 4:30pm IST Join...

Poster: COVID-19 Safety for Emptiers

Poster: COVID-19 Safety for Emptiers

This poster from Canadian charity and engineering firm CAWST offers quick tips for sanitation professionals (including emptiers) on how to keep themselves and their clients safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Co-developed with the Pan African Association of...

Give ‘grati-toot’ for your toilet!

Give ‘grati-toot’ for your toilet!

The mindfulness practice of being grateful for the good things in life is supposed to help your wellbeing. The team from The POOP Project asks people who are lucky enough to have a functioning toilet to spend one minute on the loo, giving thanks for this vital...

Financing water supply and sanitation in a changing climate

Financing water supply and sanitation in a changing climate

New report by Pacific Institute and Water.org finds rising temperatures and sea levels, changing precipitation patterns, and more frequent and intense floods and droughts are key climate threats to the successful design, construction, and operation of water supply and...

Animation: Safe management of faecal sludge

n this short animation (1:45) by IRC, we see how sanitation services are responsible for the safe management of faecal sludge. The six-part sanitation service chain - capture, containment, emptying, transport, treatment and safe reuse or disposal - ensures we manage...

The brown revolution: Plant food from toilet waste

The brown revolution: Plant food from toilet waste

Urban areas around the world are feeling the weight of growing populations. While cities can become hotspots for economic opportunity, they also churn out massive amounts of waste. Untreated waste that returns to the earth can be unsafe – and a waste of precious...

Could sewage act like a COVID-19 early warning system?

Could sewage act like a COVID-19 early warning system?

In their efforts to stave off a second wave of COVID-19, scientists from around the world have turned to a new ally: sewage. Given that many people with the virus are asymptomatic and will not be tested for the disease, scientists say sewage could act like a COVID-19...

Climate, sanitation and health

Climate, sanitation and health

An estimated 4.5 billion people worldwide live without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at risk of infectious diseases. Climate change exacerbates these risks by placing strain on sanitation systems. Therefore, sanitation technologies and services...

Planning for climate change during COVID-19 crisis

Planning for climate change during COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the worst-ever biological disasters. While countries continue to respond to the global crisis, they are also moving towards recovery and adaptation planning at the national and sub-national levels. We need to ensure that these efforts...

Natural disasters and vulnerable groups

Natural disasters and vulnerable groups

As countries around the world are in different stages of responding to the COVID-19 emergency, how should aid agencies and policy makers approach recovery while also addressing climate change? The World Bank blog 'Natural disasters and vulnerable groups: Insights for...

Policy brief on climate change and water

Policy brief on climate change and water

Climate change increases variability in the water cycle and makes extreme weather events more frequent, which threatens billions of people’s access to water and sanitation services and places huge stress on ecosystems. Improved water management, including sanitation,...

Why nations must prepare for natural disasters

Why nations must prepare for natural disasters

Countries are declaring states of emergency while climate change is increasing variability in weather patterns, and other risks such as financial shocks are likely. Therefore, the need to build the general resilience of populations and prepare for these intersecting...

COVID-19 and adequate sanitation

COVID-19 and adequate sanitation

COVID19 pandemic: a global threat. What else should we pay attention to? Many infectious diseases are easily transmitted when people have inadequate accesses to toilets, when faeces are insufficiently treated and disposed of, and when personal and domestic hygiene are...

Want to help fight COVID-19?

Want to help fight COVID-19?

Because handwashing is an important way to reduce transmission, the response to COVID-19 intersects with issues around global access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). This community page on the Water Action Hub seeks to highlight the connections between...

UN World Water Development Report

UN World Water Development Report

The 2020 edition of the World Water Development Report was released in conjunction with World Water Day on the 22nd March 2020 under the topic ‘Water and Climate Change’. The report stresses that climate change’s impact on the availability, quality, and quantity of...

Short-changed on climate change

Short-changed on climate change

Nowhere near enough money is being spent on climate change, and the low levels of funding allocated aren’t being targeted to help the worst affected countries deal with the effects, putting billions of lives at risk. Learn more in the WaterAid report ‘Short-changed on...

Enhancing access to services for migrants

Enhancing access to services for migrants

COVID-19 has taken lives, devastated economies, and upended relationships. It threatens a new normal fraught with fear and uncertainty. But it has also allowed us to take stock of the interconnected nature of our shared humanity and provide impetus for nations and...

One of the best defences against coronavirus

One of the best defences against coronavirus

One of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is frequent handwashing with soap and water. But for many children and families, basic water and hygiene facilities remain out of reach.  40% of the world’s population lacks...

Opportunities for sustainable sanitation in climate action

Opportunities for sustainable sanitation in climate action

A sustainable future is impossible without universal access to safe, well-functioning and context-appropriate sanitation services. Until this is achieved, sanitation shortfalls will increase the risks human populations face from climate change and climate-related...

Fostering a low carbon water and sanitation sector

Fostering a low carbon water and sanitation sector

Sanitation, hygiene and water are critical for socio-economic development, food security and a healthy environment and are vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving the health, welfare and productivity of populations. Download the Sanitation and...

Residents tell their stories

Residents tell their stories

How does climate change affect the water and sanitation needs of city residents? These stories from Bangladesh, Mozambique and Zambia give a snapshot of the climate challenges faced around the world. Read the Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) story...

COVID-19 and indigenous peoples

COVID-19 and indigenous peoples

The coronavirus pandemic poses a grave health threat to Indigenous peoples around the world. Indigenous communities already experience poor access to healthcare, significantly higher rates of communicable and non-communicable diseases, lack of access to essential...

Green economies, a bulwark against COVID-19

Green economies, a bulwark against COVID-19

COVID 19 is causing a shockwave around the world and is now the number one concern of the international community. It is fundamental and legitimate to focus on the present of the pandemic. But we must not forget the root causes. It is also essential to think now about...

Stopping open defecation in rural Ghana

Community-led total sanitation has helped villages in Bongo district, northern Ghana, to see the dangers of open defecation and take steps to eradicate it. This video shows the stories of people taking innovative approaches to successfully improve access to water and...

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