Universal access to water and sanitation - More than a pipedream?

Watch/Listen Again Monday 4 March 2013 19:00 to 20:30
Committee Room 5, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

2015 heralds the end of the Water for Life Decade and the deadline for meeting the targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Despite some progress being made towards meeting these targets, over 2.5 billion people are still living without access to improved sanitation facilities and nearly 800 million people receive drinking water from unimproved sources.

The Rio+20 outcomes document recognised access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities as a basic human right but what more needs to be done to ensure that this right is enjoyed by all?

This event being jointly organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Development and the Environment and the Institute of Development Studies will bring together an expert panel to discuss how the issues of increasing urbanisation, rising inequalities and local governance need to be understood and addressed within a new post 2015 framework if we are to ensure universal access to water and sanitation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lyla Mehta, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (confirmed)
  • Archana Patkar, Programme Manager, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) (confirmed)
  • Jamie Skinner, Principal Researcher Natural Resources, International Institute for Environment and Development (confirmed)
  • Tom Slaymaker, Deputy Head of Policy, WaterAid (confirmed)
  • Eilidh Whiteford MP (Chair) (confirmed)

Please RSVP to Hannah Corbett at h.corbett@ids.ac.uk or on 01273 915640

House of Commons, London