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GLOBAL: World Bank president urges action on access to sanitation (16/04/14)

World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim last week urged a meeting of global ministers of finance, water and sanitation to take urgent action to provide access to basic sanitation services for their citizens as a way to fight poverty.

His remarks were made ahead of the IMF-World Bank Spring meetings. Mr Kim noted that the World Bank Group could not reach its goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the poorest 40% without fixing poor sanitation, which is directly linked to poverty.

Mr Kim said the group would strengthen its role in creating and sharing knowledge, working with public and private sector partners and civil society.

He added that the UN and World Bank Group would leverage their combined strength and align with organisations like WaterAid, Toilet Hackers, the Global Poverty Project and ONE DROP.

At the event, Mr Kim also called for renewed commitments from international partners and a roadmap for integrated health, water and sanitation investments to support Haiti’s National Cholera Elimination plan. The country still has the highest number of cholera cases in the world.

Mr Kim said: ‘Cholera can be eliminated in Haiti. We need to do much more to strengthen Haitian institutions and support the government’s cholera elimination plan. This will require an integrated multi-sector approach that prioritises improvements in water and health programmes for the most vulnerable people.’