Ethiopian president vows “universal access” to drinking water, sanitation

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome has said his government was working to achieve universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation in the country by 2030.

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Mulatu Teshome

Teshome made the remarks on Tuesday during the opening of a two-day meeting over water, sanitation and hygiene in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Mulatu TeshomeThe meeting is jointly held by the Sanitation and Water for All partnership (SWA) and the Ethiopian government, supported by the UN children’s fund, UNICEF.

Teshome said Ethiopia had spent more than 65 percent of its public expenditure on pro-poor sectors and for the expansion of basic social service facilities.

He said the pro-poor sectors included education, health, agriculture, rural roads, energy, and water and sanitation.

“Ethiopia recognizes water and sanitation not only as an economic good, but also as a basic right of all human beings to have access to clean water and sanitation at an affordable price,” he said.

The president said various water and sanitation projects were underway in the country under the One WASH National Program. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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