This week, Global Citizen will be hosting over 30 events as part of the first-ever Global Citizen week during the United Nations General Assembly. From an interfaith cultural event at Riverside Church in Manhattan to a discussion on urban sanitation at the Tenement Museum, the aim is to awaken the ‘global citizen’ in all of us to end extreme poverty by 2030.
On Thursday 21 September, WSSCC Executive Director Chris Williams will speak at the event “Coming Clean for Child Health” at the Tenement Museum in New York City. This event will focus particularly on the importance of access to faecal sludge management and essential vaccines in improving child health.
In particular, Global Citizen will bring together prominent business, government and activist speakers to celebrate the leadership of the High-level Panel on Water in addressing the entire scope of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on clean water and sanitation, and to discuss what more needs to be done to achieve SDG 3 on good health and well-being.
Since 2012, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions to solve the world’s biggest challenges, including water and sanitation, girls’ education, and health epidemics. That’s ten million emails, tweets, petition signatures and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.
To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s community have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over $30 billion that is set to affect the lives of 1 billion people worldwide.
On the issue of water and sanitation, Global Citizens’ actions between 2012 and April 2017 have resulted in a total of:
WSSCC is partnering with Global Citizen for developing and securing political commitments towards ending the practice of open defecation and empowering communities to improve their hygiene habits.
Commitments that WSSCC and its members have helped deliver include a commitment from the Prime Ministers of Nepal and Madagascar to allocate public investments towards the eradication of the practice of open defecation; a commitment from Nigeria’s former Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed -now Deputy Secretary-General to the United Nations – to achieve universal sanitation in Nigeria by 2025; and a renewed investment of $50 million from the government of the Netherlands into WSSCC.
How can you become a Global Citizen? By taking action and giving back. Send a tweet, sign a petition, make a phone call, change the world. You can do it all from the Global Citizen app and win tickets to the Global Citizen Festival too!
For example, you can Tweet or sign petitions to ensure there is more research, funding, and education so that menstruation will never impact a girl’s education, health, and potential. See here for more.
The Minister of Water for Nigeria announced that Nigeria will empower 5.5 million people to achieve Open Defecation Free status by 2018