The goal of the event is to enhance debate and dialogue around water and sanitation crises and their links to health and development, particularly within the context of rural, remote or otherwise marginalised communities. Safe water provisioning (access to sustainable water and sanitation) is a key mechanism for improving health and well-being and therefore an important component of development. Given the publication of the new Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is clear that while the goal to improve access to drinking water by 2015 is on target, this is not the case for sanitation. In fact, the absolute number of people without access to adequate sanitation now stands at 2.6 billion, compared with 2.5 billion in the 2008 JMP report.
Conference Room 7, Temporary North Lawn Building (TNLB), UN Headquarters