Paris climate-change accord represents hope for the poorest, says WaterAid

12 Dec 2015

Following the agreement in Paris of a new accord on climate change please find the following comment from Louise Whiting, senior policy analyst, water security and climate change, WaterAid:

“This agreement represents hope for the world's poorest who are most affected by climate change, through the inclusion of the 1.5 degree Celsius limit on warming, the emphasis on climate resilient development and poverty eradication, and for the first time reference to loss and damage.

“However WaterAid is concerned that water is not a focus. Climate change manifests through water - droughts, floods, extreme weather shocks and rising seas - and securing access to safe water, good sanitation and hygiene is essential for communities trying to cope with and recover from such events. What is needed next is action from all parties to ensure adaptation finance goes where it's most needed, and that the poorest and most vulnerable are made priority.”


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WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.  The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.  Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.  For more information, visit, follow @WaterAidUK on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at

  • Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s nearly 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
  • Over 650 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
  • Over 2.3 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.