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India: Sulabh International gets top UN consultative status

The United Nations has accorded its highest consultative status to Indian sanitation NGO Sulabh International. The Chief of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) NGO Branch, Andrei Abramov conveyed the upgrade of Sulabh International from ‘Special’ to ‘General’ consultative status in a letter to Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak.

ECOSOC is the only main UN body with a formal framework for NGO participation. General consultative status is reserved for large, established international NGOs whose area of work covers most of the issues on the agenda of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies.

Sulabh Toilet Complex in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: Sulabh International.

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Pakistan: “There is no need for foreigners to tell us this [how to make latrines]” – insurgent leader

Insurgents in Pakistan’s volatile Swat Valley in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) who recently made a peace deal with the government now want all NGOs to leave the area.

“They come and tell us how to make latrines in mosques and homes. I’m sure we can do it ourselves. There is no need for foreigners to tell us this,” Muslim Khan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told IRIN from Swat Valley.

“NGO is another name for vulgarity and obscenity. They don’t want us to remain Muslims and want to take away the veil from our women,” Khan claimed.

He said NGOs hire women who work alongside men in the field and in offices. “That is totally un-Islamic and unacceptable,” he said.

Read more: IRIN, 22 Mar 2009

Germany – Welthungerhilfe calls for greater sanitation measures

Bonn, 19.03.2008. Welthungerhilfe is calling for greater measures to improve sanitation and hygiene facilities in international development projects as well as emergency aid. “This isn’t a popular subject,” explains Martin Wolff, Welthungerhilfe’s Programme Manager for Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, “but installing latrines and raising hygiene awareness are essential if people’s health is to improve in developing countries.” In its project countries, Welthungerhilfe makes sure that those who benefit from water installations and sanitary facilities are also those who maintain, repair and administer the amenities.

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