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WaterAid welcomes High Level Panel statement on universal access to water

Responding to the fifth and final meeting of the UN High Level Panel on post-2015 development, WaterAid Chief Executive Barbara Frost welcomed their call for universal access to water and called for sanitation and good hygiene to be included.

Speaking about the High Level Panel’s statement ( of which Prime Minister David Cameron is a co-chair), Ms Frost said:

"It's great to hear David Cameron say that the UN high level panel on development will call for access to drinking water for everyone, everywhere by 2030, as a birthright. With nearly 800 million people still living without safe water, this is a huge challenge but one that can be overcome in our lifetimes.

“The news of the panel’s thinking is really encouraging and to be effective sanitation and hygiene must be included as well as drinking water. The urgency of this has been flagged up just this week by new figures from the World Health Organisation and Unicef confirming that by 2015 there will still be 2.4 billion people without access to safe sanitation.

“Two weeks today, the panel will report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Ensuring water, sanitation and good hygiene are available to all by 2030 will be a fitting legacy to the work of this panel.”

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