The Right to Safe Water and Sanitation. A top priority of local and regional governments 
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Help us spread our message: Would you know that the provision of water is usually a local government responsibility? Well-resourced, empowered, and accountable local governments are therefore essential if the MDGs and the Post-2015 development goals concerning water are to be achieved. 

However, it is also important to recognize the inadequacies of current global monitoring methods. While the MDG target of halving the proportion of people without ‘sustainable access to safe drinking water’ has been achieved, the definition of ‘improved’ water provision used includes public taps or standpipes, tube wells or boreholes, protected springs, protected dug wells or rainwater collection. Such methods are inappropriate in many local contexts, particularly in densely populated urban areas. 

On World Water Day (#WWD2014), UCLG reaffirms that ensuring access to safe water is a top priority of local and regional governments, both as an end in itself, and as a driver of environmental sustainability, the empowerment of women, social inclusion, and poverty reduction. 

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Happy Water’s Day 2014! 
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Documents of interest

6th World Water Forum. Marseilles


Check out the Istanbul Water Consensus


Local Government declaration on water. Mexico
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