As of the 28th of July 2010, by international law through human rights treaties, the United Nations General Assembly recognises the ‘human right to water and sanitation’. Since the lack of basic sanitation reduces the quality of water downstream, sanitation was acknowledged as an aspect of the human right to water. Water (and sanitation) as a human right is still a prevalent issue in many developing countries and whilst the proportion of people has continuously decreased over the years, 10% of the world still lack this human right.

‘Sanitation for the Developing World’ summarises the problems, sets out targets for global water and sanitation fulfilment and the solutions required to achieve this. 

All information was collated and all imagery was created by the author.

Maximillian Ballard,
Civil Engineering BEng, Newcastle University