‘His vision and presence on the global stage can push sustainability and climate issues forward’ - WaterAid
In response to the proclamation of His Majesty King Charles III, WaterAid issued a statement on the positive impact HM The King would continue to have on issues such as climate change and sustainability.
Tim Wainwright, CE of WaterAid, said:
“His Majesty The King has played a hugely significant role over the past decades on critical global issues such as climate change, the protection of nature and bio-diversity. With the climate crisis being felt in some of the most vulnerable communities across the globe, and in many Commonwealth countries from Pakistan to Mozambique, we hope he will continue to be that driving force for good.”
“Issues such as sustainability, global water security and how we treat natural resources are close to HM The King’s heart. HM The King, who is currently also President of WaterAid, spearheaded the Sustainable Market Initiative to convene the private sector to be a real catalyst to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future. His vision, ambition, drive and his mere presence on the global stage can push sustainability and climate issues forward. We strongly hope he will continue to convene the world on these critical challenges facing humanity.”
Notes to Editors:
WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 28 million people with clean water and nearly 29 million people with decent toilets.
- 771 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.
- 1.7 billion people in the world – more than one in five – do not have a decent toilet of their own.
- Around 290,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's more than 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.
- Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.
- Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.
- WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines
Prüss-Ustün et al. (2014) and The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2018)
World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage