World Water Week: UNGA President Urges Major Push For Clean Water And Sanitation SDGs
Encouraging global action to support clean water and sanitation, United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson has underscored that when it comes to the environment, everything is connected.
None should imagine that the state of sanitation and coral reefs are anything but directly connected,” Mr. Thomson said, delivering the keynote address at special event in Stockholm to start World Water Week.
It makes no sense to consider terrestrial environmental issues, fresh water challenges or climate change in isolation.”
He urged the international community to take an “inclusive, integrated approach,” and put to use all skills, idea and energies.
Water and sanitation are among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted by the 193 Members of the UN in September 2015, and which are guiding the work of the development efforts of the international community through 2030.
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He commended World Water Week for bringing together more than 3,000 participants from nearly the entire world. The 2017 edition of the week will address the theme ‘Water and waste: reduce and reuse.”
Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.
SDG6, the water and sanitation Goal, is in need of a major push.
The time is right, thus I encourage you all to join together to develop concerted global action to deliver on the targets of [that Goal],” Mr. Thomson said.