Residents demand taps and toilets from local MP Josh Frydenberg

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22 Jul 2013 | AU

Kooyong residents and supporters of WaterAid, an international NGO that works to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in 27 of the world's poorest communities, will join WaterAid Chief Executive and Camberwell resident Adam Laidlaw to discuss the global water and sanitation crisis with their local MP Josh Frydenberg this Thursday 25 July 2013.

“I am meeting with my local MP Josh Frydenberg, and have asked fellow WaterAid supporters and constituents of Kooyong to join me, so that we can ensure water, sanitation and hygiene in the developing world is a priority no matter who is in government,” said WaterAid Chief Executive Adam Laidlaw.

“Right now Australia’s political parties are framing the direction of the government we will have for the next three years,” said Mr Laidlaw.

“Half of the people in the Pacific region don’t have access to safe water. Furthermore globally 2.5 billion people still do not have access to adequate sanitation,” said Mr Laidlaw.

WaterAid is pleased that UN statistics show that between 1990 and 2010 over 2 billion people were provided with an improved water source. This was one of the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets to be met since they were set 13 years ago.

“This could not have been achieved without the support of governments across the world, including our own here in Australia. Then Prime Minister John Howard took the great step of committing Australia to do its fair share to halve global poverty by 2015, when he signed on to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the year 2000,” commented Mr Laidlaw. “However 768 million people still live without access to safe water and the MDG target for sanitation is seriously off-track.”

“WaterAid is lucky to have very committed and passionate supporters, who give generously and many have their own stories of seeing the devastating consequences communities in the developing world face when they lack access to safe water and adequate sanitation,” continued Mr Laidlaw.

“I have invited supporters who reside in the electorate of Kooyong to join me in sharing these stories with Mr Frydenberg,” said Mr Laidlaw.

Year 8 students from Methodist Ladies College who have been studying water and sanitation in the developing world will also join the meeting.

In the lead up to the Federal election WaterAid is hosting several meet-your-MP events with supporters across the country. For more information please visit: www.wateraid.org.au

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WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities. We work with partners and influence decision-makers to maximise our impact.

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