"Water and Sanitation: Faith Roles in Responding to Global Challenges" Meeting Report

June 15, 2011

On the morning of March 18, 2011, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) hosted a meeting exploring faith dimensions of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). The meeting’s goal, held four days before World Water Day, was to work towards developing an agenda for further research by the Berkley Center and WFDD. The meeting offered an opportunity for a free-flowing exchange of views and ideas on the global WASH agenda and on what approaches promise the greatest impact. This draft summary captures the broad themes that emerged in the conversation. A list of participants is included on the last page. The group agreed on the importance of addressing sanitation, hygiene, and behavioral change alongside issues of water access, and thinking not only of water quantity but quality; to use the language of the UN Human Rights declaration, water that is “safe, clean, accessible, and affordable.”

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