Keep the promise to deliver water and sanitation for all in the Global Goals

The UN’s unprecedented commitments to end extreme poverty and create a fairer, more sustainable planet must now turn into action to ensure the success of the new Global Goals, including water and sanitation for all.

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28 Sep 2015 | AU

The UN’s unprecedented commitments to end extreme poverty and create a fairer, more sustainable planet must now turn into action to ensure the success of the new Global Goals, including water and sanitation for all.

Global Goal 6 commits nations to delivering basic access to water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone, everywhere by 2030. Its inclusion is a victory for more than 650 million people in the world today without access to clean water and nearly 2.3 billion people without access to safe, private toilets.

These basic services are tied to health, education, gender rights, urbanisation and those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Paul Nichols, Chief Executive of WaterAid Australia, said:

“This is the first time leaders have stood up and promised to deliver water and sanitation to everyone, everywhere. This is our moment to change the world’s course and reach those who are the poorest and most vulnerable with water and sanitation. Water, sanitation and good hygiene are essential to health and dignity. To succeed in this goal will require serious political commitment and financing. With this we can transform the lives of hundreds of millions of people.”

WaterAid research in the report Essential Element has revealed that 45 low-income nations will not meet the new Global Goal on water and sanitation without new political and financial prioritisation for water, sanitation and hygiene services, including a boost to traditional foreign aid.

WaterAid is calling on governments to:

• deliver on their promise to achieve the new global goal on water, sanitation and hygiene to ensure everyone everywhere has these essentials by 2030

• ensure that there are indicators to monitor progress for access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in homes, schools and healthcare facilities

• ensure donor countries are meeting their commitments on foreign aid and giving sufficient priority to water, sanitation and hygiene programming

• ensure developing countries are prioritising water, sanitation and hygiene programmes at home and finding new and effective ways of mobilising domestic resources

The next step is agreement on indicators for the Goals which will be determined in March 2016. WaterAid is working to ensure that hygiene is given sufficient indicators — such as whether hospitals, clinics and schools have basins and soap for hand washing — to measure progress over the next 15 years.    

Click here to watch a video which celebrates the adoption of the Global Goals and the inclusion of goal 6 dedicated to sustainable management of water and sanitation.

Global Goal diagram