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Developing Countries: Water

International Development written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Labour, Birmingham, Northfield

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will attend the high- level meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership in Washington on 20 April 2012; what steps his Department is taking to improve access to sanitation and water in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) strongly supports the work of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership to increase accountability of both developing countries and donors for delivering results on the ground.

DFID recognise that it will be important to have a strong UK presence at the next high-level meeting in April 2012 and I intend to be there.

The UK Government have committed to a series of challenging targets concerning water and sanitation. These include making sure 15 million more people have access to clean drinking water, 25 million more people have access to improved sanitation facilities and 15 million more people are reached by hygiene promotion.

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