At the Global Citizen Festival on the 23 September 2017, world leaders pledged $3.2 Billion in aid commitments towards ending global poverty, set to impact more than 221 million lives.
To champion the global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) agenda, the Minister of Water for Nigeria, the Honourable Suleiman Adamu Kazaure, announced on stage that Nigeria will empower 5.5 million people to achieve Open Defecation Free status by 2018, in partnership with WSSCC and others.
This announcement follows the 2016 announcement by the Honourable Amina J. Mohammed, Nigeria’s former Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed -now Deputy Secretary-General to the United Nations, that all Nigerian citizens will have access to a safe and hygienic toilet by 2025 or sooner.
“Nigeria takes this promise seriously,” said Minister Kazaure. “We will utilize all available resources and energy to ensure the health, dignity, and productivity of our people, especially our women and girls.”
The Global Citizen Festival was the last event during a high-level week of advocacy, with dozens of events and activities in New York, where world leaders committed to delivering a world without extreme poverty by 2030.
WSSCC staff and members gathered in New York during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to advance advocacy efforts for improved sanitation and hygiene. Executive Director Chris Williams, Archana Patkar, Policy Advocacy Programme Manager and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) expert and Unjela Kaleem, Head of External Affairs, Stakeholder Engagement, Communications and Country Support attended selected events.
As Global Citizen’s official WASH partner, Chris Williams spoke at an event Coming Clean for Child Health, on 21 September at New York’s Tenement Museum. Mr Williams addressed the links between sanitation and hygiene and preventive health services, such as vaccines, in ensuring dignity and health for all.
“It is clear that global efforts to ensure adequate sanitation and access to vaccines are inextricably interlinked,” said Williams. “If we wish to improve child health and achieve SDG3 and SDG6 we must work together to accomplish both of these outcomes.”
Chris Williams also attended thematic sessions of the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Impact Summit on the 18 and 19, joining partners to discuss how innovation and technology can be harnessed to ensure sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Archana Paktar, participated in the Guardian round table on Gender and Equality, sponsored by Opportunity International. The lively discussion took place on 21 September on the theme Educating Girls: the first step to empowering women.
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