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Sanitation: a human rights imperative
Sanitation: A human rights imperative, developed as a vital contribution to the International Year of Sanitation 2008, initiates the crucial discussion on the human right to sanitation.This publication outlines the legal basis of and standards for the human right to sanitation and proposes priority government actions to ensure the right to sanitation. This is an essential step towards meeting the Millennium Development Goal sanitation target and beyond, towards universal access to sanitation for all. Written in non-legal language, this publication clarifies that the right to sanitation should not only be included in national constitutions and UN human rights processes but ultimately depends on governments, individuals and communities working together to ensure participation, sharing of information, nondiscriminatory practices and government accountability. Issues covered include: * The benefits of sanitation as a human right * The legal basis of the right to sanitation * Standard setting for the right to sanitation * Priorities for governments and individuals to realise the right to sanitation.