WaterAid welcomes UN's bold vision to end extreme poverty

New targets to end extreme poverty and ensure universal access to water and sanitation.

May 31 2013

A UN High Level Panel has been in discussions to put forward recommendations on what should replace the existing Millennium Development Goals.

On Thursday May 30, the panel, co-chaired by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, set out its vision in a new report.

We believe that the global community has the ability, resources and practical know-how to make access to safe water, hygiene and toilets a reality for everyone everywhere by the year 2030 - David Winder, CEO, WaterAid America

Responding to the report, WaterAid America CEO, David Winder said: "It is an ongoing tragedy that more than 10% of the world's population lives without safe water, while nearly 40% lack adequate toilets and sanitation. WaterAid fully welcomes the UN High Level Panel's recognition of the fact that universal access to clean water and toilets is vital to living healthy, productive and dignified lives, and applauds the Panel's commitment to do something about it.

"We believe that the global community has the ability, resources and practical know-how to make access to safe water, hygiene and toilets a reality for everyone everywhere by the year 2030, and hope that world leaders will be inspired to purposefully commit to these ambitious, yet feasible global targets."

Read more about the work of the High Level Panel and download the report on the United Nations website >