With the slogan “The Future we want” Rio +20 made a commitment for improved sanitation for all. This complies with BORDA’s slogan “Improved Sanitation for all!”
Paragraph 121 in the final Rio +20 outcome document reads as follows:
“We reaffirm our commitments regarding the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, to be progressively realized for our populations with full respect for national sovereignty. (…).“
Paragraph 120 also points out, that access to safe and affordable drinking water and basic sanitation for all would be necessary to protect human health.
The final document furthermore recognizes the importance of “…appropriate and affordable technologies (…) for efficient irrigation reuse of treated wastewater and water harvesting and storage” (paragraph 109).
In all the final document of the Rio +20 conference emphasizes the needs of affordable and low-maintenance wastewater treatment solutions, such as DEWATS.
Still there are more than 2.6 billion people without access to improved sanitation or safe drinking water. The UN already announced in the “Sustainable Sanitation: Five-Year Drive to 2015” to redouble efforts to improve sanitation by 2015 to close the sanitation gap.
For more than 15 years BORDA and its BNS partner organizations provide sustainable, affordable, reliable and proven solutions to improve the sanitation situation in low-income regions in Southern Africa and Asia.