ET Insights: The pandemic is shining a spotlight on failure

We know that one of the most important actions everyone can take to protect ourselves and others from infection is to wash our hands – and yet there are hundreds of millions of people around the world for whom this simple act is a struggle.

I think that where there are effective and well-managed water institutions – at basin-wide through to local levels – they will stand a good chance of chance of meeting the challenges of the pandemic, or at least to the maximum extent possible given that there are so many unknowns. However, we all know well that there are many places in the world and many communities that do not benefit from the advantages that well-run water institutions provide. In these places, the pandemic is shining a spotlight on failures to uphold the human right to water and sanitation and the depth of the challenge represented by SDG 6 to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”

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