Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson holding the UN Charter while giving remarks in Chile. Credit: CEPAL ONU

Last week Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson traveled to Chile where he attended a summit between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union.

While there, he discussed the need accelerating progress on meeting Millennium Development Goals targets for clean water and sanitation citing stark statistics:

783 million people don’t have access to clean, relatively safe, water.  2.5 billion people – 37 percent of humanity – don’t have sanitation, which is a euphemism for toilets.  And this is the main reason why more than 3,000 children die every day under the age of five, because of diarrhoea, dysentery, dehydration and cholera. And I have seen them die in front of my own eyes – in Sudan, in Somalia and other places.

Full remarks and Q and A session

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Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson meeting with Santiago-based UN staff members. Credit: CEPAL ONU