Various UN entities such as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF,) UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Friends of Water, and the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation have released a joint statement saying “Member states must ensure that the post-2015 development agenda addresses inequalities that prevent millions of people from getting access to basic services.”
These UN entities have also stressed countries should “frame the new development agenda around the principles of equality and non-discrimination.”
The issue was raised this past Wednesday at UN Headquarters. The UN entities attended a panel in which the post-2015 development goals were addressed. The panel focused on eliminating inequality. In addition, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson emphasized that future goals, targets and indicators should include an explicit focus on the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups and individuals.
“I today join those who are calling for the post-2015 development agenda to address inequality. We need to dismantle the multiple and systematic barriers that marginalize the most vulnerable members of society so that we can achieve a life of dignity for all,” Eliasson said.
He further discussed inequality by ensuring that development in the coming years and beyond will focus on “marginalized peoples who have remained hidden within aggregate statistics, and who continue to have no access to basic services.”
The Deputy Secretary-General embodies what the UN is supposed to work towards- bettering the quality of life for people around the world. His plan to focus on inequality and clean water in the 2015 Development goals will likely ensure a better future for developing nations. If people continue to focus on access to clean water, the 768 million people who do not have access to safe drinking water most likely will.
– Stephanie Olaya
Sources: UN, Water World