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Thematic Debate of the General Assembly “Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy In the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

Summary of key messages

Wide of event view from Trusteeship Council

A wide view of the Trusteeship Council Chamber as John Ashe (seen on screen), President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly, opens the General Assembly's thematic debate, "Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda". UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

18-19 February, 2014

Water, sanitation and sustainable energy are at the core of sustainable development and the overarching goal of poverty eradication, and are closely linked to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Water and energy are also intimately linked in sustainable consumption and production patterns, and this relationship aggravates resource scarcity and conservation.

Achieving universal access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation and modern energy services is one of the greatest multifaceted development challenges confronting the world today. The role of women and girls is also important, as in many countries they bear the burden of the provision of water and fuel for households and are susceptible to inter alia violence in the absence of adequate water and sanitation services. The post 2015 development agenda will have to respond to these challenges in a manner that allows both developed and developing countries to forge endogenous pathways that build resilience, contribute to the eradication of poverty and lead to sustainable development.

Event Video - Feb 18

Event Video - Feb 19

Event Photos

February 18

February 19

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