Learn more about the United Nation's commitment to providing clean water and sanitation for ALL people in the world.
Did you know that in 2010, the United Nations explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation?
In other words, the UN acknowledges that clean drinking water and proper sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights. They've called upon nations and international organizations to provide financial resources and technology to assist countries, in particular developing countries, provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all. As the UN identifies, access to water is connected to other important issues: gender equality, education, global health.
But what does the human right to clean water and healthy sanitation look like? It means that water and sanitation are:
With these values as a guide, the UN challenges nations, organizations, and individuals to help provide the human right to water and sanitation for ALL people around the world. Will you help?
To learn more, check out the UN Website.
A visual reflection on how water connects to living a full, human life.
If you would like, continue to reflect on the pictures
(Photos courtesy of and copyright © UMCOR / General Board of Global Ministries.)
Volunteer to help.
You may feel inspired to step right out of the door and go volunteer with a project working on water and sanitation issues. Here are a couple of organizations that can help you plug in.
UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) -- Volunteer opportunities as individuals or teams both in the United States and around the world. Get involved.
SIFAT (Servants in Faith and Technology) -- A nonprofit Christian organization, that provides training in community development in hard places in our world. Get involved.
ASP (Appalachia Service Project) -- Brings thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. Get involved.