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Manual on the Right to Water And Sanitation

A tool to assist policy makers and practitioners develop strategies for implementing the human right to water and sanitation.
This Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation is a timely contribution to efforts to improve access to water and sanitation and will assist governments, policy makers and practitioners in implementing the human right to water and sanitation.

A landmark decision to make the right to water and sanitation legally binding

At its latest session, the UN Human Rights Council for the first time, affirmed that the right to water and sanitation is derived from the right to an adequate standard of living.


According to the UN Independent Expert on human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque “this means that for the UN, the right to water and sanitation is contained in existing human rights treaties and is therefore legally binding.”

MDGs Unattainable Without WASH Sector

None of the MDGs would be achieved if the WASH sector is not given the necessary attention. This is because WASH is central to education, women empowerment, health and poverty reduction. WaterAID, an international development agency which made the above known in a press statement issued to GO Health, said investing in water and sanitation would provide a huge return on investment, adding that for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, $8 is returned in economic returns through increased productivity (UNDP)

The Challenge in Disaster reduction for the water and sanitation sector: improving quality of life by reducing vulnerabilities

In the current global situation, characterized by conditions of inequity and extreme poverty, environmental degradation and climate change have caused an increase in the occurrence of natural hazards such as landslides, intense rains, hurricanes, drought, fires, and earthquakes.Each year more than 200 million people are affected by droughts, floods, tropical storms, earthquakes, forest fire, and other hazards.

Rural households paid over Rs 470cr bribe for basic services: India Corruption Study 2010

Ranging from Re one to Rs 950, rural households in the country could have paid a whopping Rs 471.8 crore last year as bribe to avail basic facilities such as ration, health, education and water supply, says a study.
The ''India Corruption Study: 2010'' report prepared by Centre for Media Studies (CMS), a survey of 9,960 households in 12 states, says on an average a rural household could have paid Rs 164 as bribe for availing these facilities in a year.
The study said the total amount of Rs 471.8 crore is "equal or less" than the total expenditure made under MNREGA during 2010-11 in st

State Level Sensitization on Community Led Total Sanitation in Patna

On the 27th January 2011, a one-day orientation workshop on CLTS was held in Patna, Bihar. Organized by the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), DFID supported Sector Wide Approach to Strengthen Health SWASHT Programme and CLTS Foundation, the workshop explored the possibility of introducing CLTS in Bihar. It was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister PHED Sri Chandra Mohan Rai. Dr.

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