WaterAid's response to the G7 communiqué

Posted by
Anna France Williams
13 June 2021

WaterAid Chief Executive, Tim Wainwright, said in response to the G7 communiqué:
“The Prime Minister set himself a hard task; he went into the summit at loggerheads with his own MPs and with his idea of ‘Global Britain’ being ridiculed over savage cuts to its foreign aid budget – including slashing spending on clean water for the world’s poorest people.  
“This weekend, he had the opportunity to save face and drive world leaders towards ambitious goals including agreeing a comprehensive plan to end the pandemic everywhere. Instead, the G7 got stuck in neutral.
“With a lack of concrete financial plans to fund an equitable vaccine rollout and essential public health measures, like the soap and water missing from one third of global health centres, efforts to end this pandemic and prevent the next will be utterly futile.
“World leaders have already been accused of failing the world’s poorest people in their response to Covid-19. Unless something shifts in the run-up to November, Boris Johnson’s plans for a successful COP26 could be washed up in Carbis Bay.”


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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 26.4 million people with clean water and 26.3 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org/uk, follow @WaterAid or @WaterAidPress on Twitter, or find WaterAid UK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

  • 785 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.[1]
  • 2 billion people in the world – almost one in four – do not have a decent toilet of their own.[2]
  • Around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.[3]
  • Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.[4]
  • Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.[5]

[1] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[2] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[3] Prüss-Ustün et al. (2014) and The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2018)

[4] World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage

[5] www.wateraid.org