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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WaterAid, July 16, Wake Up NYC

A group of women will bring the daily lives of their peers in developing countries by “walking for water” through the busy streets of New York. Each woman, representing a country where many people do not have clean water close to home, will carry a yellow bucket that holds 20 liters (just over 5 gallons) which is a typical amount of water carried by women in countries where access to water is an issue. They will walk around 2 miles from the edge of Central Park to the United Nations – a distance that many women around the world walk every day to fill just one bucket or jerrycan with water that is often, even then, not clean.

This walk coincides with ministerial talks at the High-Level Political Forum at the United Nations on the current state of progress towards an international commitment to bring safe water and toilets to all by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goal 6). All countries represented on the walk will not, on current projections, be able to provide even a basic source of clean water and decent toilets for their entire populations by that date.

When: Monday 16th July - 8am start from East 72 Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. Then continuing down Lexington Avenue until East 47 Street then ending at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, outside the United Nations building by approximately 9am
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  • Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
  • Over 650 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
  • Over 2.3 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.
  • For details on how individual countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, please see our online database, WASHWatch.org.

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