Water and Sanitation in the World's Cities:

local action for global goals

Posted: 19 November 2003

Author: United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT)
Earthscan, London, 2003, £25.00 pb, (on-line discount of 10% £22.50)

The world's governments agreed at the Millennium Summit to halve the number of people who lack access to safe water, mainly in the world's cities, by 2015. With rapidly growing urban populations the challenge is immense, asthis book makes clear.

Water and Sanitation book cover
Water and Sanitation book cover

Water and Sanitation in the World's Cities is a comprehensive assessment of the problems and how they can be addressed. This publication by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) sets out the full scale of inadequate provision of water and sanitation.

It describes the impacts on health and economic performance, showing the potential gains of remedial action; it analyses the causes of poor provision and identifies information gaps; it outlines the consequences of further deterioration; and it explains how resources and institutional capacities - public, private and community - can be used to deliver proper services through integrated water resource management.

Peter Adamson, founder of the New Internationalist and author of Facts for Life, says of this book: "This is surely the most impressive and important publication to come out of the UN system for many years. It brings together 20 years of evidence from attempts to build the foundations of public health in the developing world - hygiene, sanitation and water supply - and shapes that evidence into the lessons and insights that show the way forward."