April 19, 2018

World Water Day 2014

                                                                                  To the Permanent Representative

New York, 22 March 2014 

Excellency,

World Water Day on March 22 is an important occasion to recall and celebrate the importance of water for our lives and for the planet we live on.

Water and its sustainable management are essential for human health and well-being, poverty eradication, food and energy production, social and economic development, for protecting and maintaining healthy ecosystems and for disaster risk reduction. But water is also a finite and vulnerable resource under mounting pressure from population growth, urbanization, pollution, unsustainable production and consumptions patterns, and climate change.

With water challenges rapidly increasing, hindering future development and threatening current advances, complacency is not an option. A committee and forceful response is urgently needed. The deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda are our opportunity to pledge to a concrete and determined response.

On the occasion of World Water Day 2014, we therefore want to commit to a Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation. The water and sanitation SDG must be ambitious, with targets that take into account the unfinished business of the MDGs, as well as the emerging and future challenges. The document of the focus areas of sustainable development prepared by the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals for its ninth session earlier this month, as well as the discussions during the session itself, provide a solid basis for shaping the SDG on water and sanitation.

Being aware that many share the same vision, we encourage all Member States to support the elaboration and adoption of such a dedicated SDG on water and sanitation in the future discussions on the post-2015 development agenda in the Open Working Group, and beyond.

In thanking you in advance for your support in this process, we remain,

 

                                                                             Sincerely yours

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Angola

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia

Permanent Representative of Austria

Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin

Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan

Permanent Representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia

Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam

Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Burundi

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cabo Verde

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Djibouti

Permanent Representative of Ecuador

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Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji

Permanent Representative of Finland

Permanent Representative of France

Permanent Representative of Germany

Permanent Representative of Haiti

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Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

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Deputy Permanent Representative of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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