A report released by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the importance of water and sanitation in the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs will succeed the UN’s current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of 2015, with the aim of eradicating extreme poverty and committing all nations to sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

The report, The Road to Dignity by 2030, groups sustainable development into six key elements: people, planet, prosperity, justice, partnership and dignity.

Water, sanitation and hygiene are included under people; water and sanitation under prosperity, and water is also included under planet.

“We welcome the inclusion of water, sanitation and hygiene within the six elements identified by the Secretary-General and emphasise how important it will be to achieve universal access to these essential needs,” says Margaret Batty, WaterAid’s Director of Global Policy and Campaigns.

A new sustainable development framework

UN member states began work in 2012 to agree a new sustainable development framework to meet the needs of both the world’s people and the planet.

As the UN begins final negotiations on the framework, WaterAid and its partner organisations are working to ensure the dedicated goal on water and sanitation is kept in place, and that targets on water, sanitation and hygiene are included in health-related goals.

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