In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized that the access to sanitation to be a human right essential and called for an end to open defecation1. This declaration means that access to sanitation will finally be viewed as an entitlement not as a luxury.
*Access to sanitation is a fundamental human right.
*Effective, affordable and sustainable solutions are ready and waiting.
*Open defecation, the riskiest sanitation practice of all, is on the decline worldwide.
1 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly 64/292, ‘The human right to water and sanitation’ 24 September 2010.
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