A new report, “The UNSGAB Journey”, on water and sanitation was launched by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) at today’s press conference. The advisory board was founded in 2004 by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan “to bring together eminent people to advise on how to solve the planet’s foremost water and sanitation troubles, suggest a handful of attainable recommendations and a concise plan of action, and then provide the high-level leadership needed to galvanize the international community into action on the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for drinking water and sanitation.” The group’s 11-year mandate has come to an end and this is the final work to be put out by the group.
The report shines light on 7 tipping points to transform the water world:
- Build attention to water and sanitation: create the will to act now
- Drinking Water: More. Managed. Monitored. Made safe.
- Bring sanitation into the mainstream
- Push for increased and improved financial flows
- Catalyze better water resources management. IWRM and Nexus: within and between countries, across sectors
- Demand UN attention to pollution prevention, wastewater treatment and safe reuse
- Promote protection and prevent death and damage from water-related disasters
The report also includes words of wisdom for future advisory groups and discusses unfinished business and tasks for the future.
The advisory group worked by identifying personalities and institutions that had high leverage and would be able to bring political attention to sanitation and UNSGAB was successful in putting wastewater management on the UN agenda. The speakers left the audience with the mantra “there is no waste water, but only wasted water.”
Meeting: Launch of a New Report by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
Speakers: Ms. Uschi Eid, United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB); and UNSGAB Members: Ms. Maggie Catley-Carlson; Ms. Maria Mutagamba; and Mr. Gerard Payen.
Written By: WIT Representative Tania Makker
Edited By: WIT Representative Alex Margolick
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