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No One Left Behind

Good Practices to Ensure Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation in the Pan-European Region

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This publication presents good practices and lessons learned from throughout the pan-European region on the policies and measures to be enacted to provide equitable access to water and sanitation. It distinguishes three key dimensions of equitable access: geographical disparities; specific barriers faced by vulnerable and marginalized groups; and affordability concerns. A range of available policy options to fight inequities in each of those key dimensions are presented. The examples contained in this publication should support and encourage policy and decision makers at the national and local levels, as well as private and public operators, non-governmental organizations, international donors and other concerned actors to review and, where appropriate, replicate or adapt existing approaches and put in place new or additional measures, to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation.

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Ensuring access for vulnerable and marginalized groups

Water and sanitation for all will not be achieved without paying particular attention to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups. Human rights principles highlight the need to actively design water and sanitation policies that prioritize and address the needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups, rather than treating all persons as facing identical challenges. Water and sanitation for vulnerable and marginalized groups is a social exclusion issue, not just a water issue.

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