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Team Leader of WaterAid Trans boundary-Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu Selma
Team Leader of WaterAid Trans boundary-Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu Selma

(www.elbcradio.com/Sept.24, 2015)-WaterAid-Liberia is reassuring global, regional policy makers and political actors to remain committed to ending extreme poverty and for a more sustainable planet.

The Team Leader of WaterAid Trans boundary-Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu Selma said: “The enforcement of the UN’s 17 Global Goals on sustainable development must be usedmember-states to provide and deliver the needed basic access that are necessities for life”.

In a WaterAid Liberiarelease issued September 24, 2015 in Monrovia and addressing the issues is as followed:

On the vergeof an unprecedented world commitment to end extreme poverty and create a fairer, more sustainable planet, WaterAidLiberia urges leaders to deliver on the new UN Global Goals and leave no one behind.

Global Goal 6 commits UN member-states to delivering basic access to water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone, everywhere by 2030. The inclusion of this goal is a victory for more than 650 million people in the world today without access to clean water and 2.3 billion people without access to safe, private toilets.

The Team Leader of WaterAidTransboundary – Liberia and Sierra Leone, Chuchu K. Selma says:“This is our chance to change the course of history and reach those who are poorest and most vulnerable.

Water, sanitation and hygiene are fundamental to development and by delivering these essential services, the lives of hundreds of millions of people will be transformed. It is possible, with the right political commitment, innovative thinking and funding.”

The 17 Global Goals on sustainable development aim to tackle extreme poverty, inequalities and climate change, including the water and sanitation crisis which kills half a million young children each year from preventable diarrhoeal diseases.

This crisis compromises the ability of children to attend school and adults to engage in income-generating work. And it affects women and girls most, as they are most often tasked with collecting water, at higher risk of illness or infection in the absence of safe water, basic toilets and good hygiene, and are made more vulnerable to attack if they must relieve themselves in the open.

In Liberia, 24.4per cent of households do not have access to clean water and 83.1 per cent do not have access to sanitation.

A recent report by WaterAid, Essential Element, has found that 45 low-income countries have been failed by the developed world on financing for water, sanitation and hygiene services. They are chronically underfunded and will not meet the UN goal without new political and financial prioritisation.

Liberia among 45 countries

In each of these countries, half or more of the population do not have a basic, safe place to relieve themselves. This pollutes their water supply and general environment and leaves people at high risk of illness.

This ambitious goal to deliver water and sanitation to all is achievable, but requires political will and financing. Specifically WaterAid is calling on governments to:

• Deliver on their promise to achieve the new global goal on water, sanitation and hygiene to ensure everyone everywhere has these essentials by 2030; 

• ensure that there are indicators to monitor progress for access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in homes, schools and healthcare facilities;

• ensure donor countries are meeting their commitments on foreign aid and giving sufficient priority to water, sanitation and hygiene programming; and

• ensure developing countries are prioritising water, sanitation and hygiene programmes at home and to find new and effective ways of mobilising domestic resources.

 


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