Source - International News
08 Nov 13
Sanergy won the first Sarphati Santation Award because in the past two years it has built 242 sanitation facilities run by 130 local entrepreneurs from Nairobi’s slums, who earn US$ 2,000 per year in income for their families while providing hygienic sanitation to 10,000+ residents. IDE Cambodia and Mr. Toilet, Jack Sim were the runners up.
01 Oct 13
In 2012, when Indian Minister Jairam Ramesh remarked that “the country needs more toilets than temples”, he was stripped of his additional post as Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation. Not all religious leaders object to linking temples to toilets though. On 25 September 2013, a Rabbi, a Swami, an Imam and a Sister of Mercy were among those who congregated at UNICEF House in New York to celebrate the launch of GIWA, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance.
05 Sep 13
Investing in employee WASH = healthy and more productive employees. This simple business logic inspired WBCSD, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, to launch a “Pledge for Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at the Workplace”. Big names like Nestlé, Greif, Borealis AG, EDF, Deloitte LLP, Roche Group, Unilever and the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) have already signed up.
29 Jul 13
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has issued a statement calling on churches, governments and the United Nations to ensure universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene as part of the post-2015 development agenda. The Church is seen to have a vital role in advocating for the full realisation of the human right to water and for water justice, especially for the poor and other marginalised groups.
25 Jul 13
The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution on 24 July 2013, proposed by the Government of Singapore on "Sanitation for All" and the establishment of November 19th as World Toilet Day. "This is a significant event", says Joep Verhagen, Manager of IRC's South Asia & Latin America Team. "Sanitation is finally getting the recognition it deserves".
15 May 13
Governments are not only investing more in national monitoring systems, but their leadership in country monitoring is also now generally accepted. With this acceptance, however, come expectations about good governance and transparency. Monitoring is politics: agendas and power influence what is monitored and how the results are used. National systems, too, go beyond WASH sector monitoring and should include data from donors and NGOs as well.
20 Mar 13
The first up and running European Citizens Initiative (ECI) ‘Water is a Human Right’ made history as also being the first ECI in the history of the European Union to have collected over 1 million signatures. The water initiative aims to get the European Commission to propose legislation that guarantees access to water and sanitation services for all EU citizens and urges more European action to ensure that everyone in the world can enjoy the human right to water and sanitation.
06 Mar 13
Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) estimate that the number of people without safe water and sanitation is much higher than previously thought. If you add actual service levels and the unreliability of some of the data to to the equation the picture may be even bleaker.
19 Feb 13
The vision for WASH in the post-2015 development agenda is one of universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in our time. No one should practice open defecation. Everyone should have safe water, sanitation and hygiene at home. All schools and health centres should have water, sanitation and hygiene. Water, sanitation and hygiene should be equitable and sustainable.
21 Nov 12
The Thematic Consultation on Water (the water consultation) in the post-2015 development agenda is now open for inputs at www.worldwewant2015.org/water. The water consultation is part of the UN-system led “global dialogue” comprising of 50 - 100 Country Consultations and eleven global Thematic Consultations, among them the one on water. It is co-led by UN-Water, UNDESA and UNICEF.