UN deputy chief welcomes progress in sanitation and water for all

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Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson briefing the press. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Deputy United Nations Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has welcomed the progress that has been made in providing sanitation and water services for all.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Mr. Eliasson refers to what he calls "quick-win" budget allocations that have been made by governments.

He also says that substantial progress has been made in tackling open defecation but more effort is needed to eliminate it.

Eduardo Del Buey, the Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, has more.

"The Deputy Secretary-General said that political will and concrete action have led to significant gains on a majority of the commitments to achieve the goal of Sanitation and Water for All. The challenge now is to maintain momentum and eliminate barriers to delivering the remaining commitments. Strengthening financing systems, carrying out institutional reforms and addressing gaps in human resources will be critical."

The Sanitation and Water for All partnership, made up of governments, donors, civil society and multilateral organizations, launched its 2013 Progress Update on Wednesday.

The Update tracks progress by developing countries, donors and development banks towards meeting commitments made last year to address barriers to delivering sustainable water and sanitation services.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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