About: water and sanitation

Agenda for Change 02-03-2018

‘Access to water is a question of good governance, not resources’

Water resources are unequally distributed on the planet. But access to water and sanitation depends mainly on good urban planning, Cécile Gilquin said in an interview with EURACTIV.fr
Energy 07-02-2018

Enhancing water security in urban areas

The rise in the urban population worldwide is expected to lead to a 50% increase in demand for energy and water, generating challenges that exert pressure on water resources and threaten global water security, writes Benedito Braga.
Development Policy 03-10-2017

Rajeev Kher: ‘A social business does not remain a social business forever’

Social businesses are supposed to address social and environmental issues. But when the social issue is resolved, the social business becomes a business like any other, according to Indian social entrepreneur Rajeev Kher.

Is water a female issue?

Around 30% of the world's population still do not have access to safe drinking water and 60% do not have safe sanitation, but lack of access to sanitation affects women more than men, Bruno Tisserand explains in the aftermath of World Water Week, hosted in Stockholm last week.
Development Policy 11-06-2015

Spain puts water and sanitation at the heart of SDGs debate

SPECIAL REPORT / Despite heavy cuts in its development budget due to the financial crisis, Spain remains committed to helping the international community achieve the Millenium Development Goals and prepare the ground for the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular in the area of water and sanitation. EURACTIV Spain reports.
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Climate change 20-05-2015

Europe’s bathing waters safe for summer, monitoring shows

Europeans can safely go for a swim at a beach this summer. According to the European Environment Agency (EEA) 95% of monitored bathing sites in the EU lived up to minimum standards for water quality in 2014.
A Hindu woman takes ritual bath in the river Ganga on April 23, 2011 in the holy city of Varanasi, India [Shutterstock]
Development Policy 20-11-2014

Water target least on-track among all development goals, UN says

Halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is “the least on-track target” of the millennium development goals (MDGs), as 2.5 billion people still lack basic sanitation facilities.
Development Policy 19-11-2014

World Toilet Day: EU should make sanitation a development priority

Today marks UN World Toilet Day. In Europe we might question the need for a special commemorative day for something that for us is so trivial and commonplace. But for many people around the world, this is no joke., writes MEP Catherine Bearder.
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Development Policy 19-11-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: 19 November, World Toilet Day

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. In the Western world, people take the toilet for granted, and don’t realise to what extent the lack of such facilities hampers the lives of millions of people.  
Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the UN [World Economic Forum]
Development Policy 04-08-2014

Local communities bring new hope for Haiti

Haitian communities have taken the reconstruction of the Caribbean country into their own hands, completing the efforts to eliminate cholera that were initiated by the government and the UN, writes Ban Ki-moon.

Europe threatened by greater water risks: OECD report

In Europe, the outlook for water-related disasters over the coming decades is bleak due to stress on water systems, increased demand and pollution, says a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Development Policy 02-05-2013

World on track to meet 4 of 21 UN development targets

Governments are on track to meet four of the 21 targets set out in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadline, the lead author of the World Bank’s 2013 Global Monitoring Report told EURACTIV.
Development Policy 15-01-2013

Auditors raise doubts about EU road aid to Africa

The European Union has spent billions of euros to build roads in sub-Saharan Africa that are left to deteriorate because of poor maintenance, the European Court of Auditors said on Tuesday (15 January).

Rival forums set different course for water access

Competing international conferences taking place in Marseille next week both seek to improve global freshwater access but hold radically different views on the private sector's role in reaching that goal.
Global Europe 08-03-2012

Water and sanitation: An opportunity for donors

Europe, the US and other donors have an opportunity to be a more catalytic part of the solution to global water and sanitation needs by strengthening the capacity of developing countries to solve these challenges themselves, writes John Oldfield.