Recognizing that greater progress on sanitation is essential for fighting poverty and for achieving all the Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson is initiating, on behalf of the Secretary-General, a renewed effort to drive progress on sanitation and water goals towards the 2015 target date and beyond.
“It keeps women under the threat of harassment, violence and rape. It forces girls to abandon education at puberty. It contributes to a cost of $260bn a year through death, ill health and loss of productivity…I am talking about the practice of Open Defecation.”
~Excerpt from Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s address at campaign launch, May 28, 2014
“We must break taboos. As was the case for the word ‘toilets’ a few years ago, it is time to incorporate ‘open defecation’ in the political language and in the diplomatic discourse.”
~Excerpt from Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s Keynote address in Stockholm, September 2, 2013