Economic costs of poor sanitation and Asia Day at World Water Week

By Graham Owens

World Water Week concluded its annual get together in Stockholm last week and the 2,400 scientists, government leaders and civil society representatives declared that slow progress on sanitation will cause the world to badly fail the Millennium Development Goals. It said that water and sanitation looms behind food, energy and climate crisis while weak policies, poor management, increasing waste and exponential water demands are pushing the planet towards the tipping point of a global water crisis. (…)

(…) One of the main discussion points relating to sanitation was the use of funding; is there a need for more or smarter use of the money? There was also discussion on the role that the private (corporate) sector should play as a new actor with the traditional donors and government financing also continuing. (…)

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