Nige­rian ex­perts brain­storm on post MDGs wa­ter tar­gets

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - By Alex Abutu

The need for a ded­i­cated goal and tar­gets for wa­ter (and san­i­ta­tion) in the post 2015 de­vel­op­ment agenda was the sub­ject of dis­cus­sion as wa­ter ex­perts gath­ered in a meet­ing fa­cil­i­tated by the Nigeria’s Coun­try Wa­ter Part­ner­ship, an arm of the Swe­den based Global Wa­ter Part­ner­ship (GWP).

The meet­ing pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for govern­ment of­fi­cials, de­vel­op­ment part­ners, pri­vate sec­tor, civil so­ci­ety, and cit­i­zens to ex­press their views on the role of wa­ter in the pro­posed fu­ture sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment agenda, which would re­place the Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment agenda in 2015.

The Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Global Wa­ter Part­ner­ship at the meet­ing said: “The pur­pose of the na­tional con­sul­ta­tions is to ob­tain views from coun­tries on the post-2015 de­vel­op­ment agenda for wa­ter and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment; and to build aware­ness and ex­am­ine the coun­try rel­e­vance and ap­pli­ca­bil­ity of the op­tions and rec­om­men­da­tion pre­sented in the UN-Wa­ter paper on a ded­i­cated goal for wa­ter.”

The meet­ing held against the back­ground of low im­proved wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion cov­er­age lev­els.

Na­tional es­ti­mates in­di­cate that 130,000 un­der five chil­dren die an­nu­ally from pre­ventable wa­ter borne di­ar­rhea dis­ease, 34m Nige­ri­ans still daefe­cate in the open, 103m are with­out ad­e­quate san­i­ta­tion, while 63m are with­out ac­cess to wa­ter.

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