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UN Millennium Development Library: Health, Dignity and Development: What Will it Take?

Series: UN Millennium Development Library Volume: 11

By: UN Millennium Project

224 pages, Tables, diagrams, figures


Paperback | Dec 2005 | #152542 | ISBN: 1844072193
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Volume in the UN Millennium Development Library that highlights the need to formulate approaches dealing with water and sanitation.

From the publisher's announcement:

At least 1.1 billion people lack access to safe water and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation, resulting in the deaths of 3900 children per day. Health Dignity and Development highlights the global water and sanitation crisis and advances a comprehensive set of strategies to tackle the problem, including national elaboration, government and stakeholder commitments; focusing on sustainable service delivery, empowering communities, support from private partners, promoting innovation and improving global structures. The strategies will improve domestic water and sanitation and invest in `integrated' development and management of water resources with the objective of halving the proportion of people without access to safe water and sanitation within 10 years.


Executive summary * Water is life * The historical context * The institutional context * The focus of this report * Part I: The Millennium Development target for domestic water supply and sanitation * Why focus on water supply and sanitation? * Human values and human rights * Contribution to the Millennium Development Goals * Target 10 and the global monitoring system * Target 10 on water and sanitation * The current system for monitoring and evaluation * Where are the needs greatest? * Access to domestic water supply and sanitation services * Current levels of access and the rate of progress toward the goal * Low access to services and high incidence of water-related disease * Identifying greatest needs globally * Pinpointing greatest needs within countries * What's holding us back? * Political constraints * Institutional constraints * Financial constraints * Technical challenges * The special challenge of meeting the sanitation target * A collective or an individual service? * The nature of demand for improved sanitation * Reorienting public institutions for sanitation service delivery * Changing roles for government * New technologies or better use of existing technologies? * Alternative planning approaches for urban sanitation * Alternative planning approaches for rural sanitation * Galvanizing support for sanitation and hygiene * Technology and infrastructure * Available technological options * Cost-reduction strategies * The need for innovation * What would it cost? * Global estimates * National estimates: a method to assess needs * Grappling with financing for the poorest * Principal target group: poor people in the poorest countries * Financial constraints in low-income countries * Affordability, sustainability, and water conservation * What about middle-income countries? * Part II: Water resources for all the Millennium Development Goals * Why does water resources development and management matter? * Poverty and hunger * Environmental sustainability * Health * Gender equality * Exploiting potential synergies through combined approaches * What actions are needed? * Investing in water resources development and management * Adopting integrated water resources management * Examples of context-specific actions * Monitoring and support systems * Monitoring water resources * Global institutional support structures * Recommendations for the international community * Part III: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals * How to make the Goals a reality * A call to action 1* Ten critical actions * An operational plan * Appendices *

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UN Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation led by Roberto Lenton, Coordinator, Albert M. Wright, Coordinator and Kristen Lewis. The UN Millennium Project and its Task Forces comprise more than 250 scientists, development practitioners, parliamentarians, policy-makers, and representatives from civil society, UN agencies, the World Bank, the IMF and the private sector.

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