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.


World Water Week: Momentum builds for the Sanitation Drive

Sanitation and Water for All has compiled highlights from World Water Week events.


“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


Watch some highlights from the DSG’s keynote speech
and informal interactions at World Water Week in Stockholm: