Health, dignity and development: what will it take? by R. L. Lenton, Albert Morgan Wright, UN Millennium Project.

By R. L. Lenton, Albert Morgan Wright, UN Millennium Project. Task Force on Water and Sanitation, Kristen Lewis

The Millennium improvement objectives, followed on the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, are the world's ambitions for dramatically lowering severe poverty in its many dimensions via 2015?income poverty, starvation, sickness, exclusion, loss of infrastructure and shelter?while selling gender equality, schooling, healthiness and environmental sustainability. those daring pursuits could be met in all components of the area if international locations keep on with via on their commitments to interact to satisfy them. attaining the Millennium improvement ambitions bargains the chance of a safer, simply, and filthy rich global for all. The UN Millennium venture was once commissioned by way of United international locations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to improve a pragmatic course of action to satisfy the Millennium improvement ambitions. As an self reliant advisory physique directed through Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, the UN Millennium undertaking submitted its suggestions to the UN Secretary normal in January 2005. ? The middle of the UN Millennium Project's paintings has been performed through 10 thematic job Forces comprising greater than 250 specialists from world wide, together with scientists, improvement practitioners, parliamentarians, policymakers, and representatives from civil society, UN organizations, the area financial institution, the IMF, and the personal zone. during this record the UN Millennium undertaking activity strength on Water and Sanitation outlines the daring but useful activities which are had to bring up entry to water and sanitation. The record underscores the necessity to specialise in the worldwide sanitation hindrance, which contributes to the demise of 3900 childrens every day, increase family water offer, and make investments in?integrated?development and administration of water assets, all of which are?necessary for international locations to minimize poverty and starvation, improve?health, improve gender equality?and be certain environmental sustainability. imposing the thoughts of this document will permit all international locations to halve the share of individuals with out entry to secure water and sanitation by way of 2015.

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The JMP report assumed that those technologies that can be categorized as improved are inherently safer or more sanitary than others that are considered not improved. 1. 1 Improved and unimproved water and sanitation facilities Water supply a. Not considered “improved” because of potential limits on the quantity of water available to a household through this source, not the quality of the water. Source: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme. Sanitation 29 Improved Unimproved Piped connection into dwelling, plot, or yard Unprotected well Public tap or standpipe Unprotected spring Borehole Vendor-provided water Protected dug well Bottled water a Protected spring Tanker truck–provided water Rainwater River, stream, pond, or lake Connection to public sewer or septic tank Service or bucket latrine Pour-flush latrine Traditional latrine Pit latrine with slab Public latrine or shared toilet VIP latrine Open pit or pit latrine without a slab Ecological sanitation Open defecation in bush or field It appears, however, that the meaning of improved is still an issue.

Part 3 outlines the task force’s recommendations regarding the actions needed to move forward. It also translates these overall recommendations into an operational plan, with specific actions that need to be undertaken by key actors. While the report focuses primarily on the water sector, the task force recognizes that reforms in other areas will have a strong impact on the ability of countries to reach target 10 and to optimize water use. These issues are addressed in Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals (2005), as well as in the reports of the other nine task forces.

Such surveys therefore are better done at the individual country level targeting specific regions of interest— the benefits of global monitoring of subregional coverage most likely do not outweigh the costs. Rapid appraisal techniques are probably a good and cost-effective alternative to household surveys to assess particular water, sanitation, and hygiene problems in specific subregions. The unofficial standard applied to the MICS for inclusion of a survey question is whether that question or indicator has relevance for measuring progress toward an internationally established global goal.

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