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Addressing the urban sanitation crisis: time for a radical shift

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Andrés Hueso

A successful city is economically and culturally vibrant, healthy, safe, clean and attractive to business and tourism, and provides quality of life to its citizens. This vision is appealing but remains hard to realize as developing cities have to cope with changing demographics and climate with limited financial and human resources. The sustainable development goals have given a new impetus for cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG11), ensure citizens’ health and wellbeing (SDG3) and secure access to sustainable water and sanitation services (SDG6).

World Toilet Day on November 19th is the opportunity to remind ourselves of a few facts and propose a set of guiding principles for a renewed and revitalized urban sanitation agenda.

Mobile desludging tank being wheeled out of an alley in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.
Mobile desludging tank being wheeled out of an alley in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Read the full article on the World Bank website>

Andrés Hueso is Policy Analyst – Sanitation based in WaterAid's Policy Team. He tweets @andreshuesoWA

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