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Government ministers, influencers to meet in Washington to map future of water and sanitation spending

Sanitation and Water for All 2014 High Level Meeting this week

WHO: Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
         Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
         Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF
         Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group
         H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, Chairman, Sanitation and Water for All Partnership
         Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, 
         Water and Natural Resources, Republic of Kenya
         Dr. Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist, World Bank
         Hon. Sufian Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Ethiopia
         Ministers of finance, development, water, health and sanitation from 50 countries
         International and national NGOs and development organizations

WHATSanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting (HLM) in conjunction with the 2014 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group

WHENFriday, April 11, 2014 , 1400 – 1630  DST  (DC time)

WHERE:  World Bank Group, IFC Auditorium, 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, DC


  • 1 in 3 people (2.5 billion) around the world still do not have access to safe sanitation, including 1 billion who must defecate in the open.
  • Three-quarters of a billion people do not have a source of improved drinking water.
  • Around 1,400 children under five die daily from diarrhoeal diseases linked to water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Lack of access to safe water, improved sanitation and adequate hygiene cause diarrhoeal diseases which contribute to malnutrition and stunting in 162 million children globally.
  • Top economists agree that the return on investments in water and sanitation is 5 to 1.
  • 1n 2012, 48 countries made 415 commitments toward expanding access to safe water and sanitation. This year, countries will assess their progress and make new efforts to continue that momentum. 

To find out more, visit http://sanitationandwaterforall.org. For live webcasting from the event, please visit http://live.worldbank.org/

About Sanitation and Water for All:
SWA is a global partnership of over 90 developing country governments, donors, civil society organizations and other development partners working together to catalyse political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively. Partners work towards a common vision of universal access to safe water and adequate sanitation. www.sanitationandwaterforall.org

For further information, or to schedule interviews, please call:

Christopher Walsh, Senior Communications Officer, World Bank Group, +1-202-473-4594, cwalsh@worldbank.org

Rita Ann Wallace, Press Officer, UNICEF New York, 1-212-326-7586, Mobile: +1-917-213-4034, rwallace@unicef.org

David Trouba, Senior Communications Officer, WSSCC, +41-79-261-5400, Mobile: +41-79-261-5400, david.trouba@wsscc.org

Carolynne Wheeler, Media Officer, WaterAid, +44 (0)207-793-4485, Mobile: +44 (0)7903-117715, carolynnewheeler@wateraid.org





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