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UNICEF welcomes Kevin Rudd as chair of global sanitation and water partnership

Statement attributable to Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, UNICEF

NEW YORK, 5 November 2015 – “We at UNICEF welcome the appointment of Mr Kevin Rudd as chair of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership.

“Mr Rudd brings to the position leadership, passion, drive and enthusiasm, which will be crucial as we strive to meet the sanitation, water, and hygiene goals in the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

“With over 800 children dying each day from diseases linked to the lack of adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene, the cause is urgent.

“We wish Mr Rudd all success and pledge to work with him to advance the mission of the SWA partnership.

“We also salute outgoing chairman, H. E. John Agyekum Kufuor, and thank him for his able direction during the past four years. Under his leadership the SWA partnership has grown in prominence and membership, and is now prepared to move on to the next, challenging phase in bringing sanitation and water to the most vulnerable populations.”


About SWA
Sanitation and Water for All is a global partnership aimed at achieving universal and sustainable access to sanitation and drinking-water for all, by firmly placing sanitation and water on the global agenda with an immediate focus on the most off-track countries. More information is available at www.sanitationandwaterforall.org

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