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Appeal Calls For Post-2015 Development Target On Water, Sanitation

The Stockholm International Water Institute on Friday “issued a call for a post-2015 development target on water aimed at making better use of scarce water supplies, realizing the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and increasing resilience to droughts and floods by 2030,” IRIN reports. “The appeal … came after a week of discussions and consultations with aid agencies, development organizations and water experts on how to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which set a 2015 target to improve access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation,” the news service writes. “This issue was one of the key topics of debate at World Water Week,” IRIN states, adding, “The next 12 months are seen as essential to securing a target for water and sanitation that will help guide relief and development efforts for the next 15 years.” The article discusses mixed outcomes on the water and sanitation MDG so far, potential targets for the post-2015 development agenda, links between water and sanitation and other development issues, and the importance of data collection (James, 9/6).