Zimbabwe commits to the global goals of ensuring WASH services by 2030

From Abigirl Tembo in Indonesia, Jakarta

Water, sanitation and hygiene have been cited as foundational requirements in effectively addressing the risk of public health disasters.

This came out at the official opening of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Summit being attended by ministers from various countries in Jakarta, Indonesia this Wednesday.

Sixty-nine ministers from 37 countries responsible for Water, Sanitation, Health, Environment and Finance and over 350 delegates from these sectors are meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia to accelerate access to water and sanitation for all.

The 2022 sector ministers meeting was officially opened by the Indonesian Vice President, Professor Ma’ruf Amin, who spoke in the Indonesian Bahasa language, calling on nations to work hard in achieving sustainable development goal (SDG) number 6 of providing safe and clean drinking water and sanitation for all.

“Progress towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal number 6 has so far not been satisfactory. The proportion of the global population using safely managed water supply services is at 74 percent. In Indonesia Access to clean water is 90%, while for sanitation it is at 80 percent,” said Professor Amin.

In his keynote address, Zimbabwe’s Vice president General Rtd Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, called for investment in WASH services.

“In order to achieve universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene globally there is need to accelerate progress by investing at least USD$114 billion annually. On the other hand, the cost of doing nothing will amount to USD$260 billion annually. Without adequate WASH services, the risk of public health disasters increases and the growth of economies is slowed, thus retarding human development. The burden of climate change and the covid-19 should heighten our sense of urgency,” he said.

The meeting is a platform for political leaders around the world to strategise, commit, collaborate and prioritise investments in water provision and sanitation.

It is hoped this will support the implementation of the sustainable goal number 6 of providing access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation for all.