Sanitation Sustains Clean Environments


Sanitation Sustains Clean Environments


In the developing world, roughly 90 % of sewage

is discharged untreated into rivers, lakes and coastal areas,1with a widespread negative impact on health. 


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.



Fact Sheet #5 – Sanitation Sustains Clean Environments_English

Fact Sheet #5 – Sanitation Sustains Clean Environments_French


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,, 2010.

Photo Credit: Eric Miller, World Bank