A healthy living environment depends on adequate sanitation. If open defecation is widely practised, a health living environment that supports human dignity and is free of disease-transmitting conditions is possible. This is one reason countries called for an end to open defecation, in the United Nations resolution that established the Drive to 2015.
*Faecal matter contamination is costing us valuable and productive land.
*Improved sanitation leads to an improved environment.
*Climate change calls for innovative sanitation solutions.
1Corcoran, Emily, et al., editors, Sick Water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development – A rapid response assessment, United Nations Environment Programme, UN-HABITAT and GRID-Arendal, www.grida.no, 2010.
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