Launch of the five-year drive to sustainable sanitation
21 June 2011 -- New York, USA
With the 2.6 billion people – half of the population in developing regions – still without access to a toilet or latrine, sanitation is among the Millennium Development Goal targets lagging farthest behind. To accelerate progress on expanding sanitation across the globe and mobilize political will, financial and technical resources, in December 2010 the UN General Assembly called for the Sustainable Sanitation: five-year drive to 2015 – the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. This Drive to 2015 is launched on 21 June at UN Head-Quarters in New York by Mr Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, HRH the Prince of Orange, Chairman of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), Mr Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director and Ms Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda.