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European water treaty hailed as a milestone for public health

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7513.368-b (Published 11 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:368
  1. Paul Ress
  1. Geneva

    A treaty on water and health designed to reduce water related deaths and diseases in Europe entered into force this week. “It is the world's first legally binding treaty to prevent, control and reduce water related diseases,” said Marc Danzon, the World Health Organization regional director for Europe. “This treaty gives countries an effective mechanism for curbing the harm caused by unsafe water and unsafe sanitation.”

    Lack of safe drinking water and poor sanitation threatens the health of millions of people in the European region, says WHO, which sponsored the treaty with the United Nations' Economic Commission for Europe. Nevertheless, most of the region's …

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