Wherever you’ve been recently, you won’t have missed that there’s a General Election in May. All the political parties have put forward their plans for international development, and we want to make sure taps and toilets are prioritised, whoever ends up in power.

Our vision is of a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water and a toilet by 2030 – to achieve it, politicians must act now. That’s why we’re calling on the next UK Government to:

  • Push the UN to set an ambitious target in the Sustainable Development Goals: make sure everyone, everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation by 2030.
  • Increase the proportion of aid spent on water and sanitation: currently, only 2% of UK international aid is spent on taps and toilets. We want that to increase by at least 1% every year over the next parliament.
  • Strengthen water, sanitation and other public services internationally, such as health and housing: these will make sure that water, sanitation and hygiene services continue to transform lives around the world.
  • Work with and invest in governments and civil society to support national delivery of water and sanitation services: this will help ensure that services continue to transform lives after aid stops.

7-year-old Joshna and 8-year-old Sarita wash their hands at a tapstand in Kamalamai, Nepal.
Seven-year-old Joshna and eight-year-old Sarita wash their hands at a tapstand in Kamalamai, Nepal.
Photo: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

A real opportunity

2015 is a critical year for the world's poorest people. In September, the UN will agree the new Sustainable Development Goals to end extreme poverty, and these will determine all our futures. Dedicated targets on water and sanitation are vital to improving global health, education, gender equality and economic growth – and we need the UK to be a real world leader to make it happen.

Now is the time to act. Make sure the candidates in your constituency are already thinking about what they will do about taps and toilets if they're elected on 7 May.

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