Jeder Mensch hat ein Recht auf Wasser und Sanitärversorgung

19.11.2015, Chiredzi Distrikt, Simbabwe, Latrinenblock der Primarschule «Ruware».
Zugang zu Wasser und Sanitärversorgung sind Menschenrechte. Schulkinder waschen ihre Hände vor einem Latrinenblock der Primarschule «Ruware» im Chiredzi Distrikt, Simbabwe. © Andreas Steiner, DEZA

Heute haben rund 844 Millionen Menschen keinen Zugang zu Trinkwasser. Die DEZA engagiert sich für eine zuverlässige Versorgung der Menschen mit Trinkwasser und eine ausreichende Sanitärversorgung. Der seit 2010 als Menschenrecht anerkannte Zugang zu Trinkwasser und Sanitärversorgung ist von entscheidender Bedeutung für die Erfüllung der menschlichen Grundbedürfnisse.

Fokus der DEZA

Wasser ist ein Gemeingut, und der Zugang zu Trinkwasser und Sanitärversorgung ist ein Menschenrecht. Die DEZA setzt sich dafür ein, dass die Menschen mit Trinkwasser versorgt werden und dank sanitärer Anlagen und Kläranlagen eine angemessene Hygiene beibehalten können. Die Schweiz verfügt beim Wasser über langjährige, weltweit anerkannte Expertise und unterstützt zahlreiche Aktivitäten:

  • angewandte Forschung und Innovationen
  • Finanzierung um weltweit den Zugang zu Wasser und Abwasserbeseitigung zu verbessern
  • Entwicklung von neuen Ansätzen sogenannter «water stewardship» für Dienstleistungen und neuen Kooperationen mit dem Privatsektor
  • Aufstockung von Infrastrukturprogrammen: Das reibungslose Funktionieren der Anlagen wird auch durch den Ausbau der Kapazitäten und Ausbildung gewährleistet

Die in der Praxis gewonnenen Erfahrungen bringt die DEZA in den politischen Dialog zwischen Regierungen, Privatsektor und Zivilgesellschaft ein, um gegenseitiges Lernen zu fördern und die Anwendung funktionierender, nachhaltiger Lösungen weltweit voranzutreiben.

Hintergrund

Heute haben gemäss UNO rund 844 Millionen Menschen keinen Zugang zu Trinkwasser. 2,3 Milliarden Menschen verfügen nicht über ausreichende sanitäre Anlagen und 892 Millionen müssen ihre Notdurft im Freien verrichten. 80% der Krankheiten in Entwicklungsländern sind ausschliesslich auf mangelhafte sanitäre Bedingungen zurückzuführen.  Weltweit sterben 1000 Kinder unter fünf Jahren pro Tag an einer Durchfallerkrankung, welche auf das Trinken von verschmutztem Wasser zurückzuführen ist. Ursache der Probleme ist allerdings in vielen Fällen nicht Wassermangel per se, sondern vielmehr der Mangel an finanziellem Engagement auf innerstaatlicher und internationaler Ebene um Wasser in angemessener Qualität und an den benötigten Orten zugänglich machen zu können. Daher setzt die DEZA auf die Zusammenarbeit mit allen beteiligten Akteuren mit dem Ziel ein System aufzubauen, das allen langfristig den Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser ermöglicht.

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Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership to achieve a water-secure world for all

01.07.2026 - 31.12.2030

The Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP) of the World Bank Water Global Practice is a global partnership with the objective to address the water and sanitation challenge in an integrated manner, as set out by the Global Sustainable Development Goal 6. This SDC support will promote innovative global knowledge production and exchange, dialogue and partnerships, as well as country-level support across regions at global scale.


UN-Water: Strengthening the Global Water Architecture for the effective achievement of the 2030 Agenda

01.01.2026 - 31.12.2030

UN-Water has now firmly established itself as a major actor in water and in coordinating UN agencies to speak as one voice for water. SDC’s support to UN-Water’s core budget is crucial to ensure that the political ambition of the 2030 Agenda for water and its related targets has an efficient institutional setting allowing an integrated monitoring and an efficient follow-up and review and strong coordination between UN agencies. UN-Water will be key to bring a more effective, integrated and coordinated approach to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda with regards to water and sanitation and to review progress.


Solar Irrigation for Agriculture Resilience (SoLAR)

01.07.2024 - 31.07.2027

To adapt to climate change farmers rely increasingly on irrigation, ultimately depleting groundwater resources and raising energy demand. The project aims to address these challenges by promoting solar irrigation, water efficient agriculture and groundwater governance. The project will harness Swiss expertise on hydrogeology and technical innovations to contribute to climate resilient agriculture and facilitate knowledge sharing in South Asia and at the global level.


Sustainable water management for food security and nutrition in agriculture and food systems

01.07.2023 - 31.03.2027

Agriculture accounts globally for 70% freshwater use. Inefficient water use, water pollution, climate change and increasing global water demand puts agriculture under pressure, as well for smallholders. SDC can build on successful experiences in this domain and will support projects in Africa in ecologically sustainable water management in smallholder agriculture and food systems, improve smallholders’ economic and social situation and increase the resilience of their livelihoods.


Blue Peace: Unlocking the value of transboundary, multisectoral and transgenerational investments

01.07.2023 - 31.12.2029

In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals government efforts do not suffice, large private capitals deployed towards development are needed. Switzerland has a comparative advantage as innovative finance hub. Building on this, SDC contributes to the development of innovative financial products that enable transboundary, multisectoral and transgenerational investments with aim to contribute to sustainable development and peace.


Sustainable Natural Resources Management (NRM) for Enhanced Pastoralist Food Security in the Borana Zone, Ethiopia.

01.10.2022 - 31.12.2027

Natural resources, particularly water and pasture, are among the key determinants of pastoralist livelihoods’ sustainability. The proposed Project contributes to the outcomes of the SDC’s Food Security Domain as stipulated in the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Horn of Africa. It aims at improving pastoralist food security and adaptive capacities in the lowlands of Borana Zone, Southern Ethiopia, through enhancing the sustainable management of natural resources.


Research for action

01.08.2022 - 31.12.2030

The 2017 Joint Monitoring Report, published in July, states that serious efforts have been made since the Millennium Development Goals to improve access to safe water and sanitation around the world. However, disparities remain, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and for the rural poor, more drastic for sanitation. This project aims to reduce this gap, by supporting applied research, transformative innovations, capacity development and networking, which will answer to the needs and requirements of the targeted population.


Research for action: Water, Behavior Change and Envi-ronmental Sanitation: Sustainable Solutions to Research, Knowledge and Professionalization (WABES)

01.08.2022 - 31.12.2026

Equitable access to safe water and sanitation facilities and services is by far not achieved and a stronger push on multiple levels will be necessary over the next decade to reach SDG 6.  This includes developing and using innovative technologies, based on applied research, to foster affordable and sustainable solutions for increased access to safe water and adequate sanitation. To this aim, the SDC continues its fruitful collaboration with the Swiss Research Institute Eawag.


Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP)

01.07.2022 - 30.06.2026

The Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP) of the World Bank Water Global Practice is a global partnership on water and sanitation security as set out in the global water goal (SDG 6). This SDC support will advance innovative global knowledge production and exchange as well as building capacity through country-level support with a focus on the population excluded most from water investments and services.


Potable Water Management Programme (PWMP) in Upper Egypt Phase 2

01.05.2022 - 31.12.2025

Egypt has critical needs in better managing water resources and reducing water losses as well as consumption, especially in Upper Egypt (climate change impact, lack of infrastructure, high poverty level). Switzerland provides innovative solutions for improved potable water management and service provision to the vulnerable population. The mixed approach based on strengthening capacities of the water company, improving the infrastructure for potable water provision and on engaging the communities will serve as model for nationwide replication.


Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Management

01.03.2022 - 28.02.2026

The project will allow people to use safe and affordable drinking water as well as equitable sanitation and hygiene thereby progressing towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 in Tajikistan. An integrated planning approach supports the building of the local and national capacities and strengthen the policy frameworks to enable sustainable Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH services to the population of Eastern Khatlon and Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO).


City-to-City Partnership Hawassa – Lugano

01.01.2022 - 31.12.2026

This contribution supports an innovative Swiss-Ethiopian municipal twinning partnership to enhance capacity at the sub-national level to manage access to drinking water in good quantity and quality according to the Sustainable Development Goal 6.1 and 6.3 in underserved communities. The partnership will be accompanied by a research and education component, involving local and Swiss innovative university partnerships.

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