WORLD WATER WEEK: SANITATION SCANDAL

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Sanitation was dubbed “one of the biggest scandals of all time” by the UN’s water chief this week as World Water Week got underway in Stockholm. At a time when billions of people live without sustainable access to safe drinking water or suffer ill health due to poor sanitation,…

WORLD WATER WEEK

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member At a time when billions of people live without sustainable access to safe drinking water or suffer ill health due to poor sanitation, when worsening food crisis battles bioenergy for land and water resources, and when global climate change is shaking the overall water balance, 2008’s World Water Week…

ANOTHER SIDE TO CHINA’S OLYMPIC DREAM

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member   The eyes of the world are focussed firmly on China as the Olympic Games get into full swing. A television audience of a billion souls witnessed the unrivalled razmatazz of Beijing’s opening ceremony in the space-age ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium, in a city seemingly full of dazzling architecture and…

International AIDS Conference, Mexico, Day 4

Shockingly the 4th day of the International AIDS Conference marked the first ever plenary on children and HIV. That we could get to a point where there are 2 million people under 15 living with HIV and 30 million who have lost one or more parents and still not have had an address to conference…

International AIDS Conference, Mexico, Day 4

The conference has heard a lot about what we have learned in the past in terms of approaches to tackling HIV and AIDS. But a session today made the case that it is important to look to the future of the epidemic to predict what action will be needed. Looking to the Future – The…

International AIDS Conference, Mexico, Day 3

The links between violence against women and vulnerability to HIV infection are well known. But what interventions should we put in place to combat violence and its HIV related outcomes? This was a question addressed at a side session at the International AIDS Conference today. The solutions are far from clear cut. Links between violence…

International AIDS Conference, Mexico, Day 2

The second day of the International AIDS Conference saw what was possibly the shortest side session in its history. Entitled ‘Sex workers are everywhere’ Andrew Hunter of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers addressed the delegates and explained that due to the political opportunity afforded elsewhere in the conference there was a change to…