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The UN's target to make access to safe water and sanitation available for everyone, for good by 2030 is 'Sustainable Development Goal 6'. We need to convince district, country and global decision makers of what it'll take to achieve SDG 6.
While we see more focus on methane mitigation and increased recognition of sanitation in national climate plans, we all need to face the same way, particularly regarding finance.
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We know what it will take to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6. It will take people changing the way they think and work. And it will take WASH systems that transform lives.
There is no other way, and there is no other time. We need to act now.
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On the road to Dakar: Moving the rural WASH agenda in Africa, 02 November - 17 December 2021
Revisit IRC WASH Symposium 'All Systems Go!'
Now more than ever, we need to remind the world of the value of ensuring strong WASH systems that transform lives and pull together to make them happen.
We rely on complex systems, but we are "systems blind"
Let's talk sanitation systems not just toilets.
Fund, build and promote WASH Systems and bring safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation services to everyone without it.
A handpump is to a safe water system what a propeller is to an airline: essential but not enough
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If we get the basics right first, a healthy, educated and flourishing society will always follow.
We want every person in the world to enjoy their human right to safe water, sanitation and hygiene, now and forever.
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