UN entities say post-2015 must address inequity in access to clean water, sanitation

UNICEF, UN OHCHR, Friends of Water and the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, have released a joint-statement on Water in the post-2015 development agenda. Read extracts below:

“Member States must ensure that the post-2015 development agenda addresses inequalities that prevent millions of people from getting access to basic services, various United Nations entities today stressed.

In a joint statement, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Friends of Water, and the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, urged countries to frame the new development agenda around the principles of equality and non-discrimination.

The statement was issued ahead of a panel discussion at Headquarters on “Measuring inequalities in the Post-2015 development agenda: a new global tool for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) and beyond,” co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Finland and the Office of the Special Rapporteur.

“I today join those who are calling for the post-2015 development agenda to address inequality. We need to dismantle the multiple and systematic barriers that marginalize the most vulnerable members of society so that we can achieve a life of dignity for all,” said the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson.”

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