Governments, civil society and business must work together on sanitation

To mark World Toilet Day on 19 November, WaterAid has co-published a groundbreaking new report on sanitation and women's health.


19 Nov 2013

We Can’t Wait makes it clear that a collaborative approach between governments, civil society and business is essential to getting the Millennium Development Goal for sanitation target back on track. This is critical to improving the health and prosperity of women worldwide.

The report has been produced by WaterAid, the UN-hosted organisation Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, and Unilever’s leading toilet brand Domestos. It puts forward a number of recommendations including:

  • Governments (of both developing and donor countries) make strengthening the sanitation sector and bringing the Millennium Development Goal target on sanitation back on track an immediate and urgent political priority.
  • Governments across the world keep their promises and implement the commitments made at national, regional and global level.
  • The post-2015 development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals needs to address water, sanitation and hygiene as priority issues.
  • Sanitation should be integrated into education policy supported by sufficient resources and concrete plans.
  • More actors in the private sector must realise the social and business opportunities and invest in social development. More frequent and cross-sector collaboration is essential to achieving real progress.

The report was presented at a UN event in New York, celebrating recognition of the first official World Toilet Day. The day serves to remind the world that over 2.5 billion people lack access to an adequate toilet, with devastating consequences in particular for the wellbeing, health, education and empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

Download the We Can’t Wait report >

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