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For billions still living without access to sanitation and water the cost of inaction is too high

WHO:               Minister:
Minister Buyelwa Patience Sonjica, Chair of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and Minister of Water and Environment Affairs, Republic of South Africa


Dr Maria Neira, Director for the Department of Public Health and Environment


Clarissa Brocklehurst, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


World Bank Water and Sanitation Program:

                        Jae So, Program Manager        


                        Civil Society:   
Mr. Yakub Hossein, Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA)

                        Donor representative:

Mr. Dick van Ginhoven, Sr. Water and Sanitation Advisor, The Netherlands

WHAT:              Press briefing to:

            (i)             Launch of the UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS), which centralizes key information/data, highlights challenges and elucidates where efforts stagnate for achieving the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets.


            (ii)            Pre-meeting briefing: First annual High Level Meeting of Sanitation and Water for All, to be held on 23 April, to take stock of progress, decide how to increase the performance and effectiveness of the sector, and increase understanding of how investment in sanitation and water leads to greater economic and human development.


WHERE:        Ronald Reagan Building: The Hemisphere Room, Washington D.C.


WHEN:          Wednesday, 21 April 2010, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. EST



For further information, please contact:

Geneva:            Ms Nada Osseiran, Communications Officer, Public Health and Environment, WHO, Geneva, Tel. + 4122 7914475, Mobile +4179 445 1624, Email: mailto:osseirann@who.int;

Washington:      Ms Donna Eberwine-Villagrán, Media relations, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Tel. + 1 202 974 3122, Email: eberwind@paho.org.

New York:         Ms Saira Khan, UNICEF Media, New York, Tel: + 1 212 326 7224, Email:sskhan@unicef.org

Washington:      Mr Christopher Walsh, Communications Officer, Water and Sanitation Program, Tel: + 1 202 473 4594, Email, cwalsh@worldbank.org


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