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The Stockholm Water Prize crystal award

Indian sanitation innovator awarded 2009 Stockholm water prize


Co-founders of the Stockholm Water Prize, Borealis and Borouge are delighted to share the nomination of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, as the 2009 laureate.

Co-founders of the Stockholm Water Prize, Borealis and Borouge are delighted to share the nomination of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement in India as the 2009 laureate.

The Stockholm Water Prize is the world's most prestigious prize for outstanding achievement in water-related activities.

As the founder of the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, Dr. Pathak is known around the world for his wide ranging work in the sanitation field to improve public health, advance social progress, and improve human rights in India.  For instance, Dr. Pathak has led the development of cost-effective and culturally acceptable public toilets and waste water treatment systems that are now used daily by 10 million poor people in India.  He is also spearheading hygiene and health education models for urban slums and poor communities.

In welcoming the announcement, Borealis Chief Executive Mark Garrett says: “More than 2.5 billion people don't have access to basic sanitation with massive consequences on people's health and development. This prize demonstrates that innovation and smart solutions can truly make a difference to people lives. This is what Borealis and Borouge set out to do by co-founding this award.”

Read SIWI's  press release (also available in Hindi, Chinese and Arabic on www.siwi.org)

Watch the highlights of  the 2008 award ceremony (You Tube)

 

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