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UNSGAB had 25 high powered meetings across continents from 2004 to 2015 -- at UN New York (3x), Tokyo (3x), Rome, Berlin, Mexico City, Paris, Tunis, Shanghai, Bogota, Riyadh, Sofia, Amsterdam, Singapore (2xs), Seoul (and Gyeongju South Korea), Bonn, Panama, Nairobi, Milan, Budapest.
UNSGAB was created by former Secre tary-General Kofi Annan in 2004 to advance water-related Millennium Development Goals targets.
Addressing reporters, UNSGAB Chair Ushi Eid welcomed the inclusion of the need for governments to meet water and sanitation-related objectives, in the 2030 Agenda of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted by UN Member States last October.
Asked about the lack of interest towards the significance of tackling water and sanitation issues, Margaret Catley-Carlson, UNSGAB Board Member said that "here we are talking about something that people can't live without for more than four days.
But that does not mean that the work of UNSGAB is done.
A second important development is the leadership role being played by the UNSGAB. Its role in establishing the Water Operators Partnerships, launching the International Year of Sanitation and getting countries to report on progress towards IWRM illustrates the way in which this body is providing strategic direction, identifying critical obstacles to progress and making recommendations for overcoming them.
Several key co-located events including the 22nd United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) Board Meeting and the 10th Asia Pacific Infrastructure Ministers Meeting (APIMM) were also held during the week.
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