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March 22, 2012

WaterAid in Nepal calls for water for all within a generation

Press release – 22 March 2012

KATHMANDU: WaterAid is marking Nepal National Water Week 2012 by supporting The World Walks for Water and Sanitation global campaign. Walks are taking place in fourteen districts in the country, with 8,000 people walking country-wide and over 300,000 globally.

The campaign is running ahead of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership high level meeting, on 20th of April 2012, bringing together Government Ministers from around the world. WaterAid will be calling on them to act with urgency to end the water and sanitation crisis.

An art competition is being organised by Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Nepal (FEDWASUN) in Makwanpur district today. Tomorrow (23 March) the Nepal Academy of Science & Technology (NAST) is organising a walk in Kathmandu. This will be followed by a seminar on water and food security at NAST Auditorium in Lalitpur, where papers on water and food security will be presented by academicians and experts.

Around 783 million around the globe still live without access to safe water. In Nepal, according to recently released UNICEF/WHO 2010 figures 11% of the country’s population still lacks access to this essential service.

Ashutosh Tiwari, of WaterAid, said:

“Meeting the Millennium Development Goal on water, by providing access to 2 billion more people in the last twenty years, shows what can be achieved. However we must not lose sight of the 783 million people who still don’t have safe water to drink.

Everyone on the planet has a right to safe water to drink. This could be achieved with the right political will within our lifetime – let’s not settle for anything less than 100%.”

ENDS

For interview requests or additional information, please contact Anita Pradhan on anitapradhan@wateraid.org or 5552764/5

Notes to Editors

  • The World Walks for Water and Sanitation events are taking place in the following districts in coordination with the FEDWASUN:

- Gorkha (21 March)

- Makwanpur, Doti, Baglung, Dolakha, Siraha, Bardiya, Khotang, Pyuthan and Mugu (22 March)

- Ilam and Kathmandu (23 March)

- Dhading and Chitwan (25 March)

  • 11 % of the world’s population still lack access to water today and by 2015 that will be 8%.  At this rate it will be 2027 before everyone has access to this essential service (universal access to water).
  • The UN Secretary General announced that the water MDG target was met on the 6th of March 2012.  The report that includes details of meeting the target can be downloaded from http://www.wssinfo.org.
  • Access to water has proved uneven.  In sub-Saharan Africa, almost 9 out of 10 of the richest population use improved water sources, while only 35% of the poorest do. In the 50 poorest (least developed countries – LDCs), much of the population
  • has not benefited from investment in drinking water.  Coverage globally stands at 89%, but it is only 63% in LDCs.
  • 37% of the world’s population still lack access to sanitation and by 2015 that will be 33%.  Sub-Saharan Africa on current trends is not likely to have universal access to sanitation for another 350 years (2360).
  • The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership is the key global inter-governmental partnership that brings developing and donor countries together to tackle the water and sanitation crisis.  The SWA High Level Meeting will take place in Washington D.C. on the 20th of April 2012.  The High Level Meeting is part of the official World Bank / IMF Spring Meeting programme.

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