Stakeholders demand access clean water at WASH, climate change conference

Stakeholders in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector have demanded the availability of clean and potable water for about 2 billion of the world’s population, particularly women and children who lack access to safe drinking water.This Conference is the climax of a week of very strategic climate change-related activities. These include deliberations of post-COP actions and the inaugural meeting of the Technical Working Group on Climate Resilience and WASH Activities. These are multistakeholder platforms seeking to mainstream WASH into climate change adaptation.

“WaterAid is proud not only to be associated with these initiatives but also to have an initiative of her own from which the entire sector can benefit, as it is only through collaboration that this can be achieved. The theme for this Conference aligns with the focus of our new 2023–2028 country programme strategy, which is to strengthen the resilience of WASH to climate change.

“With the selection of knowledgeable participants and resource persons and the presence of critical stakeholders from academia, civil society, and development partners, we are confident that through robust dialogue, we will explore available opportunities, tools, and technologies for enhancing water governance, facilitate adaptation planning, and bolster community resilience in the face of water security challenges.

“With less than a decade to achieving the goals of SDG6, data from a 2023 WHO/UNICEF report shows that 703 million people in the world, almost one in ten, don’t have clean water close to home and 1.5 billion people in the world, almost one in five, don’t have a decent toilet of their own. In Nigeria, about 68 million people do not have access to basic water supply services, 113 million people lack access to basic sanitation services, and 171 million people lack access to basic hygiene services (WASHNORM 2021).”



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