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Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls : ensuring rights to water and sanitation...

Access to water and sanitation for all is central to achieving global justice for poor women and men. Even though water and sanitation have been the focus of international development at least since the 1970s, the global aid architecture is straining to solve what appears on the surface a simple problem: how to provide water and sanitation to all. 780 million people still lack access to drinking water , and goals on sanitation remain seriously off track with 2.5 billion people lacking access to improved sanitation. In July 2010, the General Assembly declared the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a universal human right, which was further affirmed by the UN Human Rights Council. This paper outlines achievements and challenges in achieving the water and sanitation MDG and the gender implications. It discusses lessons learned and good practices, and addresses the measures that need to be taken in order to ensure that rights to water and sanitation are realised for women and girls. [authors abstract]

TitleChallenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls : ensuring rights to water and sanitation...
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMehta, L.
Pagination8p.
Date Published2013-03-04
PublisherUnited Nations Commission on the Status of Women
Place PublishedNew York, NY, USA
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, access to water, gender, millennium development goals, poverty, water shortage
Abstract

Access to water and sanitation for all is central to achieving global justice for poor women and men. Even though water and sanitation have been the focus of international development at least since the 1970s, the global aid architecture is straining to solve what appears on the surface a simple problem: how to provide water and sanitation to all. 780 million people still lack access to drinking water , and goals on sanitation remain seriously off track with 2.5 billion people lacking access to improved sanitation. In July 2010, the General Assembly declared the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a universal human right, which was further affirmed by the UN Human Rights Council. This paper outlines achievements and challenges in achieving the water and sanitation MDG and the gender implications. It discusses lessons learned and good practices, and addresses the measures that need to be taken in order to ensure that rights to water and sanitation are realised for women and girls. [authors abstract]

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