Water Actions; the change we want to see in this world.
Today on World Water Day 2023, I begin my engagements at the UN Water Conference at the United Nations HQ in New York City!
This once-in-a-generation moment for the world to unite around water, with the last United Nations Water Conference being held 45 years ago in 1977, highlights the strong global commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, and the continued promise that everyone will have safely managed access to water and sanitation by 2030.
The latest data states that governments must work on average four times faster to meet SDG 6 on time, but water and WASH is not a situation that any single actor or group can solve. According to the WHO and UNICEF 1.4 million people die annually and 74 million will have their lives shortened by diseases related to poor water, sanitation and hygiene and today, and almost half of the global population, 3.6 billion people, lack safe sanitation.
Water affects all of us, and therefore we must all take action now. Joining our trusted The Wellbeing Foundation Africa partner Reckitt, and Starbucks, Ecolab, Gap Inc., DuPont with the U.S. Government, I welcome the nearly $150 million that the Water Equity Global Access Fund IV will be investing by mid-2023 with the goal of reaching 5 million people with access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
I am delighted to focus on accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis, as dysfunction throughout the water cycle undermines progress on all major global issues, from health to hunger, gender equality to jobs, education to industry, and disasters to peace.