Geneva/Stockholm, 5 September 2014 – Seven journalists were named today as winners of the “2014 WASH Media Awards” competition for their excellence in reporting on water, sanitation and hygiene-related (WASH) issues.
The journalists, their winning entries, and the award categories are:
The winning entries can be viewed on the WSSCC Youtube page:
The winners received their awards today during a ceremony at the closing plenary session of the annual World Water Week in Stockholm. In Stockholm this week, the journalists shared their experiences with leading water, sanitation, environment and development experts. The week concluded with a 2014 Stockholm Statement on Water, a collection of films and papers calling for a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on Water.
Journalists are key partners for sanitation, hygiene and water sector professionals in their awareness raising, advocacy and behaviour change work. Journalists play a central role in the highlighting of water and gender related issues and positioning of women as environmental leaders. They greatly contribute to bringing in the spotlight the too often neglected issues of the necessity of toilets and hand washing for a dignified, safe and healthy life for billions of people.
The biannual WASH Media Awards competition is sponsored by WSSCC and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI, www.siwi.org). More than 100 entries from 30 countries were evaluated by Mr. Mark Tran, a notable international correspondent for The Guardian, UK.
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Executive Director Chris Williams reinforced WSSCC’s mandate that supports Sustainable Development Goal 6.2.
WSSCC is working to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.2, to provide sanitation and hygiene for all, and does this in a number of ways.