MP highlights water and sanitation before crucial debate

Naomi Long MP spoke in parliament on Tuesday about the importance of water and sanitation and called for the UK to be represented at the High Level Meeting on water and sanitation on 11 April.


13 Mar 2014

Naomi Long MP has been a long time water and sanitation advocate, regularly bringing these vital issues to parliament. But her latest speech was particularly timely, with World Water Day and the High Level Meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All initiative approaching.

Mrs Long said, "I believe it is vital to keep international development needs, especially those as basic and essential as water and sanitation, on the political agenda.

"The biennial High Level Meeting presents a unique opportunity to increase political prioritisation… I want to take this opportunity to press for the Secretary of State for International Development to represent the UK at this important meeting."

Minister of State for International Development, Alan Duncan, confirmed that the Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Lynne Featherstone, is currently planning to attend the High Level Meeting, but the Secretary of State, Justine Greening, might attend if her diary permits.

The President of the World Bank and Secretary General of the United Nations have both confirmed their attendance at the meeting, and we remain hopeful that Ms Greening will attend the meeting to signal continued UK leadership on this issue.

The meeting is an important next step in deciding the framework that will follow the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015.

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