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WHO, UNICEF urges FG to accelerate water supply, sanitation services to urban and rural areas

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Report on water supply and sanitation has shown that, over 2 billion people have gained access to safe drinking water in the past two decades, which has provided a comprehensive review of the links between water, health and development with actionable recommendation for governments and partners illustrated by example of how countries are contributing to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target of reaching safely-managed drinking water for all by 2030.

A statement was issued in Abuja, by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) with the World Bank, says, “Governments and private sector must take critical action now to accelerate inclusive and sustainable water supply and sanitation services in both the urban and rural areas.”

The WHO, UNICEF with the World Bank stated that, “If the world is to achieve universal access to safe drinking water and initiate the effect of climate change, then governments must invest in building safe drinking water systems by not only increasing funding, but also strengthening capacities to plan, coordinate and regulate service provision.”

They also urged governments to provide universal access to safe drinking water by 2030, governments and partners must dramatically increase political commitment to drinking water and quadruple investment.

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