News / Africa

Sirleaf Sounds Alarm on Poor Global Water Supply, Sanitation

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addresses the 67th session of the UN General Assembly
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addresses the 67th session of the UN General Assembly
James Butty
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said $260 billion in economic losses annually is directly linked to inadequate water supply and sanitation around the world.

She made the comment Wednesday in Monrovia at the start of a three-day U.N. high-level Panel of Eminent Persons meeting.

The group is tasked with producing a report in May this year for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon with recommendations for a post-2015 global development agenda.

WaterAid, the leading charity for clean, safe water and sanitation in the world’s poorest countries said last year that 2.5 million people around the world would be saved every year if everybody had access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

Nelson Gomonda, the Pan-Africa Program manager for WaterAid, said President Sirleaf’s comments added new impetus to the crisis.

“We believe that coming from the president of Liberia and also as the Goodwill Ambassador for Water and Sanitation in Africa is a good sign that we are beginning to make the High-Level Panel members and also at the highest political level in Africa realize that we don’t have to pay a blind eye to the water and sanitation crisis that we have, which, if we don’t address may have severe impact on the development agenda of Africa,” he said.

WaterAid said in a press release that the current Millennium Development Goal targets on water and sanitation have had differing levels of progress and political and financial support.

Butty interview with Gomonda
Butty interview with Gomondai
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

It said while the drinking water target was met five years early in 2010, the sanitation goal is decades off track. WaterAid said progress in Africa is specifically worse, with sub-Saharan Africa expected to meet the sanitation goal a century and a half late.

Gomonda said governments need to increase their investments in water and sanitation because the two areas are essential to global economic development.

“What needs to be done is to make sure that African governments are able to meet the commitments that they have made and making sure that resources and domestic allocations to sanitation are increased and are matching with the commitments that they made at their various summits that they have had, particularly during the summit of the international year of sanitation in 2008,” Gomonda said.

You May Like

Obama: I Will Do 'Everything I Can' to Close Guantanamo

US president says prison continues 'to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world' More

Sierra Leone Educates on Safe Ebola Burials

Also, country is improving at rapid response to isolated outbreaks, but health workers need to be even faster, officials say More

Christmas Gains Popularity in Vietnam

Increasingly wealthy Vietnamese embrace holiday due to its non-religious glamor, commercial appeal More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubansi
X
Sharon Behn
December 19, 2014 9:34 PM
For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
Video

Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.

All About America

AppleAndroid