Access to clean water and sanitation key to development efforts

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Children in Nicaragua enjoy running water thanks to a project that has helped build pipelines into their region. (Photo: MDG Fund)

Access to clean water and sanitation, and effective water management for irrigation and productive uses are fundamental drivers for poverty reduction, food security, gender equality and overall human development, and must be a center piece of our development efforts.

That is one of three key messages delivered by UNDP Associate Administrator Rebecca Greenspan to the High-level International Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

On the second key message, she said effective and inclusive cooperation on water, at all levels, is a sine qua non for continued progress on international goals and targets on water access and water resource management, adding that no one can solve this problem in isolation!

And for the third key message, Ms. Greenspan noted that given the central role of water in addressing some of our most pressing global challenges, it is important that water and sanitation feature prominently in the post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

Ms. Greenspan pointed out that more often than not, the poor pay much more for water than the better off. And lack of access to water and sanitation has severe effects on girls' education, women's health and income opportunities, and increases the risk of gender violence.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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